Lunch in Paris

A Love Story, with Recipes

By Elizabeth Bard
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316042796, 324pp.)

Publication Date: February 2010

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“Could one lunch in Paris change the course of your life? Find out as you read what happened to Elizabeth Bard after her lunch in Paris. You won't be able to put this book down unless you're headed to the kitchen to cook one of her wonderful recipes.”
-- Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Description
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.



About the Author
Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author based in Provence, France. Her first book, " Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes" has been a "New York Times" and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the recipient of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA).
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