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Publisher's Summary

For listeners of Paula McLain, Nancy Horan, and Melanie Benjamin, this captivating novel is inspired by a little-known interlude in the artist's life. 

The French Riviera, spring 1936: It's off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where 17-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who's slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request - to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he's secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito. 

Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional lives - and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, chafing under her family's authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward, as the great artist and the talented young chef both pursue their own passions and destinies. 

New York, present day: Céline, a Hollywood makeup artist who's come home for the holidays, learns from her mother, Julie, that Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso. Prompted by her mother's enigmatic stories and the hint of more family secrets yet to be uncovered, Céline carries out Julie's wishes and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d'Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Céline discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future. 

Featuring an array of both fictional characters and the French Riviera's most famous historical residents, set against the breathtaking scenery of the South of France, Cooking for Picasso is a touching, delectable, and wise story illuminating the powers of trust, money, art, and creativity in the choices that men and women make as they seek a path toward love, success, and joie de vivre. 

"Intrigue, art, food, and deception are woven together in a tale of love and betrayal around the life and legacy of Picasso. Touching and true, this well-written narrative made me long for my mother's coq au vin and for the sun of Juan-les-Pins." - Jacques Pépin, chef, TV personality, author

©2016 C. A. Belmond (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Camille Aubray has created a vividly imagined tale of a young French woman's life-changing encounter with the most unconventional artist of the modern age. Intriguing and insightful, the sensory details alone will have you thinking you're reading the pages seated at a seaside café in the South of France." (Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life)
"Takes the reader on a heartfelt journey to the South of France.... In prose that is wise, atmospheric, and plain fun, Aubray expertly blends fact and fiction to create a rich and memorable tale." (Michelle Gable, New York Times best-selling author of A Paris Apartment)

"A tasty blend of romance, mystery, and French cooking." (Margaret Atwood)

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Varied locations, time periods, interesting!

I liked this book. Although the author moves back and forth between generations in this family saga, the transition is easy for the listener and really very interesting. The characters are the "meat" of this book, rather than situations. Recommended.

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Exquisite Food. Art. France.

this book has it all 4 art lovers francophiles and Foodies present day back to World War II. it had me engrossed from the first paragraph

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Exceptional

The story is wonderfully written, narrated well, French quips and pronunciations compliment all. Details of old world recipes fantastic.Three women their characters, souls, struggles, strength and humanity. Refreshing and real. Did not want to stop listening.

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Fantastique!

A great story so captivating that will keep you not wanting to stop listening. The description of the places and the characters is incredibly real, transporting you to the corners of France and living the adventure next to Ondine, Julie and Celine and even Picasso.

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  • Becci
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Great book

I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with the accents. I was also happy with the fact that the book did not have the f bomb every other word and the sexual nature was just enough to be intriguing but not over the top.

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Loved this book!

This book was in my recommended list for a long time before I decided to read it. I hesitated as I don't like historical dramas , but this book was so much more than that . I was so caught up in the mystery I stayed up way too late to finish it.

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A must read!

I loved this story, which is well-written entertaining educational and checks all of my boxes as a Bookworm for 50 years. this author has the most entertaining stories. read it, because it will stay with you for years to come. You will never look at a French dish or a piece of Picasso art without thinking of this book.

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More Please!!!!

You do not have to be a Picasso fan to fall in love with this beautiful and captivating story. I knew it had to end at some point yet...I found myself wanting more like a child who just discovered THE most delectable sweets! Narration was perfect and smooth. Story unfolded in such a way that even when I thought I knew what was coming...I didn't.

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Bon Apetit!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cooking for Picasso to be better than the print version?

I don't have both versions and cannot make a comparison

What does Mozhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accent and proper pronunciation of the French

Who was the most memorable character of Cooking for Picasso and why?

Ondine, she was so much more than a chef

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Glad I happened upon this

Sometimes you stumble onto a good book. This is one of those stumbles. The story is very intriguing and flows well. I adored spending time with this story. If you enjoy art, travel or cooking you will like this book even more.