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 herpavé au poivre,the steak'spink 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 2femmes 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, swordfishtartareand molten chocolate cakes,Lunch in Parisis a story of falling in love, redefining success and discovering what it truly means to be at home. In the delicious tradition of memoirs likeA Year in ProvenceandUnder 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 herpavé au poivre,the steak'spink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman ca...

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist based in Paris. She has written about art, travel and digital culture forThe New York Times,The International Herald Tribune,Wired,Time Outand 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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"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