Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris

A Love Story, With Recipes

Book - 2011 | 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
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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 pavé au poivre, the steak's pink 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 soufflé), 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.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown & Co., 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316042789
Branch Call Number: 944.361 BAR
Characteristics: ix, 326, 11 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 29, 2019

Why do I love this book? It’s funny, intelligent cute humor, honest, classy but unpretentious!
I also love how she approaches cooking by trial and error and by summing up her total experience like I was a part of it!
I’m trying her recipes too!

Dec 31, 2017

This is a great book and Bard is a great writer! Imagine Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City) was a Jane Austen scholar and didn't spend every night partying until she was sick. Seriously- all the sophistication of a New York girl, but Bard has much more depth. I feel like I know her and her family and inlaws, and loveable tap-dancing Gwendal, of course! I loved "shopping" with Bard at the different markets, and the butcher who looks like Matt Dillon. And just reading the descriptions of the food and the recipes will make you feel full!!! SO GOOD! Recommend to everyone that loves Paris, Romance, and Food!

Oct 20, 2016

This topic - an American girl going to France and meeting a handsome Frenchman - has been somewhat overused. This story is not original.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2016

When Elizabeth, an American working in London, meets Gwendal, a Frenchman in England for a conference, they instantly connect. Before long, they are having lunch together in Paris, falling in love, and getting married. Using food as a frame, Elizabeth documents their courtship, describing mouth-watering dishes (such as molten chocolate cake and summer ratatouille) as well as shopping in a foreign language (her Parisian butcher looks like Matt Dillon) and choosing a wedding cake (one that's not gaudy). If you'd like a charming tale of an ex-pat in love with food, France, and her Frenchman, try Lunch in Paris. Recipes are included -- bon appétit!

JCLStefanieE Sep 26, 2015

An uplifting memoir about coming-of-age love and learning to live in a new culture. I enjoyed Bard's nuances into French life, her ability to look outside herself and see the larger picture and, most importantly, laugh about it all. Includes some delicious recipes to cook in a small kitchen.

ser_library Nov 01, 2013

the recipes lost the amounts of the ingredients on my tablet, but they look wonderful and i may guess and try them

Dec 26, 2012

An absolute treat to read!

Mar 19, 2012

Good but not as good as Peter Mayle.

Jan 03, 2012

A delightful and delicious read. Charming for anyone who has been to Paris, would like to go to Paris, and is interested in Paris.

An accurate depiction of French food & culture. Bonne lecture!

ehbooklover Aug 15, 2011

A wonderful memoir of falling in love with a handsome Frenchman, a country, its culture, and its food. Also explores the many differences between the American and the French way of life. The only negatives? Reading it made me very hungry and now I want to plan a trip to Paris!

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Nov 24, 2011

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