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), soothes 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.
©2012 Elizabeth Bard (P)2012 Tantor
"She pleasantly details her joys and obstacles . . . provides poignant revelations about cultural differences. . . . A cozy, touching story." (Kirkus)
This book is not terrible, along the same lines as Eat, Pray, Love, without the divorce drama. Not a lot happens (at least up to Chapter 8), but it is a sweet story, kind of like reading a chick flick. The problem I had was the narrator. It was like listening to a kindergarten teacher reading your journal to her class. I think I will read this the old fashioned way instead.
Didn't make it to the end.
Lunch in Paris is a lovely stroll through Paris with markets, food and a little romance. A nice afternoon read.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
I found this book to be a bit boring, but should appeal to a reader in her 20s. I have a feeling, however, that had a better narrator been chosen, the book might have seemed less naive/perky (I don't like perky in an audiobook). I'd skip this one.
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Yes I would but I prefer the author narrating her book. She has a great voice. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I would have loved to live this life. I like the romance wasn't quite as fast as the title implies.
As this is a memoir, yes there was one about the girl who was hung up on the butcher. Not exactly a comparison.
She is a good and very professional narrator but I preferred the author as narrator.
If you are a mental traveler as I am, and you enjoy the idea of adjusting to life in France you might enjoy this book. I did.
The sequel to Lunch in Paris is a delight. This is about a child playing house. The follow up book about an interesting woman's interesting life.
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