Lunch In Paris: A Love Story, With Recipes

Paperback | February 7, 2011

byElizabeth Bard

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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.

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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 w...

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 soufflé.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:February 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316042781

ISBN - 13:9780316042789

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lunch in Paris Excellently written. The combination of love and food is a genius idea for a storyline and the way Mrs. Bard shares her frustration with the french is delightful.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Lunch in Paris was a cute book. Who doesn’t like a story about a woman who falls in love and moves to Paris? Sprinkled here and there were, what looked like, some really delicious recipes. However, it was a little bit of an annoyance that she was blessed with such an enviable life, and yet, complained a lot of the time. Maybe it’s me, but it seemed like they were just handed wonderful things, and weren’t all too enthusiastic with what they had.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recipe for a great book This book checks all of my usual boxes: travel, food, romance, family, and self-discovery. It's a light read with deep insights, drool-worthy recipes, and just the right mix of humour and sentimentality. Elizabeth Bard has left me with an awful case of the travel bug - and the cooking bug, too.
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This was a cute little book about crossing cultural boundaries for love. :) It reminded me of how much I miss Paris!
Date published: 2010-03-23

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"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