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The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux

By: Samantha Vérant
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
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Publisher's Summary

A disgraced chef rediscovers her passion for food and her roots in this stunning novel rich in culture and full of delectable recipes.

French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: To be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From spending summers with her grandmother, who taught her the power of cooking and food, to attending the Culinary Institute of America, Sophie finds herself on the cusp of getting everything she's dreamed of.

Until her career goes up in flames.

Sabotaged by a fellow chef, Sophie is fired, leaving her reputation ruined and confidence shaken. To add fuel to the fire, Sophie learns that her grandmother has suffered a stroke and takes the red-eye to France. There, Sophie discovers the simple home she remembers from her childhood is now a luxurious château, complete with two restaurants and a vineyard. As Sophie tries to reestablish herself in the kitchen, she comes to understand the lengths people will go to for success and love, and how dreams can change.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Samantha Vérant (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Verant transports us to the enchanting setting of Southern France and the magic of an  exquisite French kitchen. This delectable novel is pure escapism through the delicious dishes made by chef Sophie’s expert hands, the romance involving a childhood friend, and the splendor of France. Verant’s amazing recipes are included as the perfect companion to this tasty debut." (Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune)

"Verant’s sparkling debut novel...[and] enticing culinary tale will appeal to romance fans and foodies alike." (Publishers Weekly)

“Vérant immerses readers in the sounds, smells, and tastes of a professional kitchen, with a cast of sous-chefs, old friends, and a gruff but handsome mushroom forager along for the ride. Francophiles and fans of Mary Simses and Roselle Lim will adore Sophie's journey.” (Booklist

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A convincing French accent!

As a student of the French language, I appreciate the proper accent and the inclusion of many common idioms which are seamlessly and immediately explained without interrupting the narrative flow - no small task!

Any Francophile or lover of French cuisine and cooking will be enchanted by this despite the predictable “mandatory “ romance.

If you are an enthusiastic cook/chef, the included recipes in PDF format are a significant bonus.

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I liked the story

I liked the story but it was a bit predictable. I’m taking a trip to Paris later this year and I thought it would be fun to listen to stories based in France. It was enjoyable and I don’t have any complaints except that the story line was predictable.

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loved it!

I didn't want it to end! could there possibly be a sequel in the works?

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J’adore!!!!

J’adore!!! What a wonderful tale and I loved all the French! Sophie was infuriatingly self sabotaging sometimes and her self doubt was ridiculous but I’m glad she got herself together. And what a name for love, Remi?! Oh, I’ll be thinking about this story for awhile. And I’ll be dusting off my French dictionary also!

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Everything I expected

I enjoyed this book very much. It seemed like it took a long time for her to get over her disappointment with a lot of self pity. But when she came back it was worth the wait.