Lunch in Paris

A Love Story, With Recipes

Bard, Elizabeth

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lunch in Paris
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.

Published: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316042796
Branch Call Number: 944.361 BAR
Characteristics: vii, 324 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 01, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 06, 2012
  • GrandCru rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

not a 'have to read' book tho i did cause i love paris and france.

Mar 19, 2012
  • adoranti rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good but not as good as Peter Mayle.

Jan 03, 2012
  • renekha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 15, 2011
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 02, 2011

My fantasy!

Jul 16, 2011
  • KremenaTobin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What a delightful book!So well written!So clever and witty!I have not read a novel so quickly in more than 6 years!I have 2 young children and reading a novel is a challenge time wise.I did not want the book to end!

Jul 04, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Love anything about french food!

May 27, 2011
  • wendybird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this so much, I'm running out to buy my own copy. Of the "Julie & Julia" school of recipe/memoirs set in France, this is one of the very best I've come across. Can't wait to spill & drool on my own copy.

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