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  • Jun 10, 2010
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Lunch in Paris is a delicious love story with recipes.
Hot off the press this year Elizabeth Bard writes of her move from the States to Paris, of the man she fell in love with and the changes her life took.  She writes of the food that shaped and changed her life.  Her tale is moving, funny, romantic and filled with delicious meals.  If you've ever thought of going to France, of making the move to this country of pastry, wine and cheese, then please read this first.  It is a country filled with lovers of food.  Food and the sharing of it round the table is quintisentially French.  Passion surrounds each meal.  Elizabeth writes of this in her book and I for one was ready to head on over and fall head first into the French cooking pot.  She is honest in her telling of the hardships of fitting into this new world and with humour and patience she forged forward and finally as she left behind the vestiges of her American life she found herself melding into the new world.  It is a great read, probably more for women than men, but you guys could just pick your way through the recipes, that would make the girl in your life happy.  Terrific read.

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review by . January 30, 2010
I am a little picky about memoirs set in Paris - being a French Quebecer - basically, Quebec French and Paris French are world's apart, but yet, we are constantly being compared anyway! which makes me NOT really want to read about all things French. However, this book had such a cute and fun premise that I thought "what the heck".    First of all I have to say that I thought this book dragged A LOT! From the first pages where our author explains to us how she met her husband …
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In this pleasant memoir about learning to live and eatà la française, an American journalist married to a Frenchman inspires lessons in culinary détente. 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.(Feb.)
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ISBN-10: 031604279X
ISBN-13: 978-0316042796
Author: Elizabeth Bard
Genre: Travel, Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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