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Lunch in Paris
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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 "pave 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 souffle) 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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Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist based in Paris. She has written about art, travel and digital culture for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Wired, Time Out and The Huffington Post. She makes a mean chocolate souffle.

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The dream of falling in love with a Frenchman and diving into the expat life in Paris is always surrounded by stories of food and intercultural fumbles. Bard, an American journalist, takes us along on her romantic adventure, delighting us with humor, poignant insights, and the occasional personal struggle. She learns her way around French food and culture and shares recipes and etiquette tips, though not to the extent that Polly Platt does in her own intercultural instruction manual, French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France. Go with Bard as she explores the open-air markets, bonds with her butcher, and introduces American comfort food to her French family. Verdict Filled with vignettes of faux pas, lessons learned, and delicious desserts, this memoir is a great, light read that lovers of food and romance will tear through. It will make you want to cook up something to savor while you cuddle up with the book.-Sheila Kasperek, Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

In this pleasant memoir about learning to live and eat Ø la francaise, an American journalist married to a Frenchman inspires lessons in culinary detente. 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.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"As charming and coquettish as Paris itself, "Lunch in Paris" reawakens our tired hearts and palates with a deliciously passionate journey through the city of lights. Be prepared to be seduced by french kisses, the richest chocolate, and the sweet charm of Bard's prose." "Nani Power, author of "Crawling at Night" and "Feed the Hungry""" "Elizabeth Bard's "Lunch in Paris" is delicious, romantic, and sexy, just as the title indicates. What captivates you is the story of a woman finding herself after she finds love, and the challenge that entails. I devoured this book with all the gusto I would bring to a plate of steak tartare with pommes frites." "Giulia Melucci, author of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti""" ""Lunch in Paris" has got it all: romance in full on the front burner with delicious French recipes for sustenance. Elizabeth Bard's voice is filled with lust and longing-it's Eat, "Stay," Love with a side of spiced apricots." "Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of "Very Valentine""" "A charming narrative.... Penetrating insights quickly add a subtle complexity that will captivate readers...She pleasantly details her joys and obstacles...provides poignant revelations about cultural differences ... A cozy, touching story."--Kirkus Reviews "In this pleasant memoir about learning to live and eat 'a la francaise, ' an American journalist married to a Frenchman inspires lessons in culinary detente.... Bard's memoir is really a celebration of the culinary season as it unfolded in their young lives together.... both sensuous and informative."--Publishers Weekly "Lunch in Paris has got it all: romance in full on the front burner with delicious French recipes for sustenance. Elizabeth Bard's voice is filled with lust and longing-it's Eat, Stay, Love with a side of spiced apricots."--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine "A love story is always delightful, and one with recipes is also useful in the long run, part and parcel of a real French relationship."--Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce and L'Affaire "Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris is delicious, romantic, and sexy, just as the title indicates. What captivates you is the story of a woman finding herself after she finds love, and the challenge that entails. I devoured this book with all the gusto I would bring to a plate of steak tartare with pommes frites."--Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti "As charming and coquettish as Paris itself, Lunch in Paris reawakens our tired hearts and palates with a deliciously passionate journey through the city of lights. Be prepared to be seduced by french kisses, the richest chocolate, and the sweet charm of Bard's prose."--Nani Power, author of Crawling at Night and Feed the Hungry

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