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In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again.

Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pav au poivre, the steak'spink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world's most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate souffl ) and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese-there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart.

Peppered with mouth-watering recipes for summer ratatouille, swordfish tartare and molten chocolate cakes, Lunch in Paris is a story of falling in love, redefining success and discovering what it truly means to be at home. In the delicious tradition of memoirs like A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, this book is the perfect treat for anyone who has dreamed that lunch in Paris could change their life.

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"In this pleasant memoir about learning to live and eat la franaise, an American journalist married to a Frenchman inspires lessons in culinary dtente. Bard was working as a journalist in London and possessed of the 'wonderful puppy-dog' enthusiasm of young Americans when she first met her husband-to-be, Gwendal, a computer engineer from Brittany. Soon he had the foresight to put her name on the gas bill of his Parisian apartment in the 10th arrondissement, and they were destined to marry — and cook together. Her memoir is really a celebration of the culinary season as it unfolded in their young lives together: recipes for seduction (onion and bacon); getting serious over andouillette; learning to buy what's fresh at the Parisian markets (four and a half pounds of figs); surviving a long, cold winter in an unheated apartment; and warming up their visiting parents over profiteroles. Bard throws in some American recipes 'that feel like home,' such as noodle pudding, and comforting soups for a winter's grieving over the death of the father-in-law. Bard carefully observes the eating habits of her impossibly slender mother-in-law for tips to staying slim (lots of water and no snacking). Bard keeps an eye to healthful ingredients ('Three Fabulous Solo Lunches'), and, as a Jewish New Yorker, even prepares a Passover seder in Paris, in this work that manages to be both sensuous and informative." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Elizabeth Bard was a twenty-something New Yorker on the fast track who had lunch in Paris with a handsome Frenchman--and never looked back. She soon discovers that learning to cook and building a life abroad have a lot in common: How do you put the recipe (or the 5-year plan) aside and learn to experiment? Can you develop a taste for the new without leaving yourself behind? As Bard navigates the ups and downs of life in her adopted country, she is forced to revise her standard recipes for love, pleasure, and success. Along the way, she introduces readers to bustling markets, bad tempered butchers, and heavenly chocolate shops through the eyes of an American turned Parisienne.

Part love-story, part wine-splattered family cookbook, Lunch in Paris is an adventure for the home cook, the gourmet-minded traveler, and any woman who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change her life.

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In Paris for a weekend visit, Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again. "Lunch in Paris" is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau and the other with French cuisine.

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Denise Morland, February 21, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Lunch in Paris is Elizabeth Bard's memoir of falling in love with a Frenchman over a pave au poivre for lunch. As the relationship advances she moves to Paris and encounters all the typical, but somehow never tiresome, dilemmas of an American in Paris. Like many before her she also falls in love with the culinary scene, discovering butchers and bakeries, markets and chic, little, sidewalk cafes. The recipes are doable and sound delicious - especially Pork Tenderloin with Four Kinds of Apples and Gwendal's Quick and Dirty Chocolate Souffle.

The second half of the book delves deeper into what it really means to live in another country. I really enjoyed Bard's insight into managing relationships with in-laws ( on both sides), forming truly meaningful new friendships, sadly navigating the health care system, and making career decisions. Her careful, detailed look at the differences between the two cultures not only made me appreciate France more, it taught me a little bit more of what it means to be an American.

This was a fun, easy read with more meat on its bones than I expected.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316042796
Author:
Bard, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Paris (france)
Subject:
Cookery, french
Subject:
Biography - General
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Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.48x6.10x1.10 in. .95 lbs.

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Product details 324 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316042796 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this pleasant memoir about learning to live and eat la franaise, an American journalist married to a Frenchman inspires lessons in culinary dtente. Bard was working as a journalist in London and possessed of the 'wonderful puppy-dog' enthusiasm of young Americans when she first met her husband-to-be, Gwendal, a computer engineer from Brittany. Soon he had the foresight to put her name on the gas bill of his Parisian apartment in the 10th arrondissement, and they were destined to marry — and cook together. Her memoir is really a celebration of the culinary season as it unfolded in their young lives together: recipes for seduction (onion and bacon); getting serious over andouillette; learning to buy what's fresh at the Parisian markets (four and a half pounds of figs); surviving a long, cold winter in an unheated apartment; and warming up their visiting parents over profiteroles. Bard throws in some American recipes 'that feel like home,' such as noodle pudding, and comforting soups for a winter's grieving over the death of the father-in-law. Bard carefully observes the eating habits of her impossibly slender mother-in-law for tips to staying slim (lots of water and no snacking). Bard keeps an eye to healthful ingredients ('Three Fabulous Solo Lunches'), and, as a Jewish New Yorker, even prepares a Passover seder in Paris, in this work that manages to be both sensuous and informative." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Elizabeth Bard was a twenty-something New Yorker on the fast track who had lunch in Paris with a handsome Frenchman--and never looked back. She soon discovers that learning to cook and building a life abroad have a lot in common: How do you put the recipe (or the 5-year plan) aside and learn to experiment? Can you develop a taste for the new without leaving yourself behind? As Bard navigates the ups and downs of life in her adopted country, she is forced to revise her standard recipes for love, pleasure, and success. Along the way, she introduces readers to bustling markets, bad tempered butchers, and heavenly chocolate shops through the eyes of an American turned Parisienne.

Part love-story, part wine-splattered family cookbook, Lunch in Paris is an adventure for the home cook, the gourmet-minded traveler, and any woman who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change her life.

"Synopsis" by , In Paris for a weekend visit, Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again. "Lunch in Paris" is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau and the other with French cuisine.
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