Thursday, February 25, 2010

LUNCH IN PARIS: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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LUNCH IN PARIS

A Love Story With Recipes
BY ELIZABETH BARD

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

REVIEW:


LUNCH IN PARIS is Elizabeth Bard's glorious memoir about how she falls in love with a Frenchman over lunch and with a country over food. Moving to Paris as their relationship progresses, Bard encounters all the classic problems of an American living in a foreign city. She falls in love with the gastronomic delights and culinary scene as she encounters the countless bakeries, butchers, markets and stylish sidewalk cafes. When starting out, she is THE American in Paris and loving it! She is new to both Paris and to love and her excitement is enchanting. But, all good things have a way of turning once they become more routine, and she finds that the life she thought she had is not as perfect as it seemed. Essential differences in the cultures begin to cause problems not only in her relationship but even in her daily life.

Bard looks deeper into what it really means to live in another country and form new relationships not just with family and friends, but even with normal decisions one makes in everything from shopping to health care. Her detailed look at the differences between the two cultures is quite an eye opener. She never denies that living in France is remarkable, but she also admits that it is very hard. The diversion that satisfies Elizabeth is found in her French cooking where even the simple trip each day to the market is marvelous!

Her cooking and recipes seem to save her. It seemed that everyone she met had a story to tell that came with a recipe. This is where we understand why each chapter ends with a recipe. Bard’s writing talents are delicious as she describes the food and you can almost taste it. I haven’t tried any of her recipes but feel like I know how they taste. I think the recipes and her writing about the cooking is my favorite part of her memoir. That is something I could relate to having not been on a whirlwind romance and life in Paris. This part made sense to me and was reality. I am pretty sure that Dirty Chocolate Soufflé has more taste than the name may suggest.

Overall, I found LUNCH IN PARIS to be first of all a very brave book to write what with all the travel-and-eat-for-happiness, and cook-like-a-chef-for-love books that have been out of late. I also thought it was a delightfully fun, easy-to-read memoir that one could enjoy and not need a box of tissues to get through it.


GIVEAWAY

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129 comments:

Book Dilettante said...

I'd love to win this book. I've read a few memoirs set in France that has recipes included. One is Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee.

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Lisa R said...

Generally, most of the books I've seen that had recipes were ones I would try. The fancy one's I just look at and wish I had the never to try.

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Zia said...

+1 I love that there are so many stories coming out with recipes in them.

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Zia said...

+1 I'm entered in the Shadow Tag giveaway

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Lisa R said...

I follow your blog both as an email subscriber and on Goggle Connect

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Zia said...

+1 I follow the blog

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blogged about your contest

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Mary said...

I love memoirs like this - and recipes are a wonderful bonus!

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Mary said...

I've also entered the Secrets of Eden giveaway.

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I'm a follower!

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Neas Nuttiness said...

Oh - I like - I REALLY LIKE!
Only problem is...I get hungry and start trying the recipes, but I finish the story:-)

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I entered The Wife's Tale giveaway.

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Julie P. said...

I love books with recipes! I am dying to read this one.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect Follower:-)

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Tweeted @Libby'sLibrary

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Marci said...

I love the idea of books with recipes included. I love to try them out.
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Marci said...

I'm a follower (june_spirit2628)
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Sarah said...

I like recipes to be in a book but I've never actually tried a recipe that was in a book. Strange...

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Marci said...

I entered the Lighthouse book giveaway.
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Margie said...

I like books that include recipes. If the story revolves around one of the recipes and you can almost taste it, I feel deprived if the recipe isn't included!
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Margie said...

I entered your Still Life giveaway.
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traveler said...

What a wonderful book. I enjoy books that are set in special locales such as France and Italy and the recipes that are included. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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StephTheBookworm said...

I think books with recipes are a lot of fun! It makes the book more interactive.

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StephTheBookworm said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

StephTheBookworm said...

I entered The Wife's Tale giveaway.

Edna said...

I would love to win this book as my neighbor is French and she is always telling me about the great cooking etc. over there

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Edna said...

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Linda Kish said...

I like books with recipes in them. They seem more folksy that way, light-hearted.

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Linda Kish said...

I entered the Worst Case audiobook giveaway. I love James Patterson's books.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

this sounds great and something I'd enjoy. I love memoirs. My sister has been to Paris though and is going again in a week FOR a week so she'd love it too.

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cheryl c said...

I love to read AND I love to cook, so a book like this is double the pleasure!

Bingo, if you read this, would you please email me? There is a book that I won here that I never received, so I was wondering if there is a contact person at the publisher. Thanks! :-)

bermudaonion said...

I love it when books like this include recipes. I need to read this book since I lived in France for two years! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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Pam said...

I am, for the most part, enjoying the books with the recipes in them. There is nothing more annoying to me than having an author describe a fantastic dish of some sort that has my mouth watering yet I'm never able to find the recipe for it.

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Pam said...

I am a follower through my google reader.

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Pam said...

I entered The Wife's Tale giveaway.

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Janel said...

I love food related books, both fiction and non-fiction/memoir. If they don't have recipes included I get disappointed after my stomach has been growling over all of the yummy sounding food!

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Janel said...

I follow through Google.

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Janel said...

Crazy School is a giveaway that is still opened and I entered :)

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holdenj said...

Oh boy, another memoir about food with recipes! I don't know if my waist likes it, but I always enjoy books like this! It sounds wonderful.
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holdenj said...

I have entered the Brava, Valentine and Shadow Tag giveaways.
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Marie's Cozy Corner said...

I love the idea of having recipes in this book. it seems like to would go along with the story. I am so exicited that you are having this as your giveaway i really hope I win. :)

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Marie's Cozy Corner said...

I am a follwer and have been for sometime. I love your blog.

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I have no preference in whether or not a nove has recipes in it or not. I guess it does add to it, KWIM?
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I follow via GFC
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I entered the still life giveaway
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Martha Lawson said...

+1 I like recipes in books

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+1 I subscribe by email

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Martha Lawson said...

+1 I follow on google friend connect

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Martha Lawson said...

+1 I enter the Brava, Valentine giveaway

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Pricilla said...

I'll take recipes any way I can get 'em.
heh
thank you
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Pricilla said...

I entered the Lustbader giveaway
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I follow by google and email
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Sue said...

I love it! There are so many times I'm reading a book and a delicious meal is described and I think "I wish I had that recipe!"
Thank you for the giveaway.

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Sue said...

I entered the Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt giveaway.

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mariag said...

I really enjoy reading books which include recipes and France is one of my favourite places.
This one sounds great!
Please enter me to win.

mariag said...

I follow

Karin said...

Recipes are O.K. in books, but the only ones I'd try are easy ones! I'm not much of a cook. I am more interested in her memoirs because I want to read about living in Paris~~

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Colleen Turner said...

I enjoy finding recipes in books, but I don't really feel that it necessarily enhances or detracts from the story...it is just an addition.
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Colleen Turner said...

I follow from google friends connect.
thanks!
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Colleen Turner said...

I also entered the Secrets of Eden giveaway along with a bunch others. Thanks for offering these!
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bison61 said...

I love recipes so I think it's great

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Esme said...

I love the idea of a book with recipes-I read Trail of Crumbs and another one Oranges on the Nile by Collette. A Dinner at the Tarn.

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g.g. said...

I think these books with recipes are good as long as the memoir or story they are in is also good.

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g.g. said...

I entered The Wife's Tail

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I follow with google friend connect

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I subscribe by email

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Esme said...

I entered the Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt.

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Wickdogg said...

I like books with recipes as I dream of cooking them right but that won't ever happen

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Wickdogg said...

I entered for The Still Life

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Wickdogg said...

I follow with google friend

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Wickdogg said...

I subscribe by email as well

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

I love recipes any way they come... LOL!

Rebecca O said...

I love books with recipes as well. I just finished The Recipe Club and even though I had mixed feelings, I still enjoyed the recipes. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

Rebecca O said...

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MiscMayzee said...

I follow with google friend connect

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MiscMayzee said...

I just entered your James Patterson audio giveaway!

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MiscMayzee said...

I don't mind books with recipes intermingled as long as the content is still good.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I think it's kind of cool. I love recipes and memoirs so combining them makes sense to me. ;)

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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow with gfc. :)

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Misusedinnocence said...

I entered The Wife's Tale, giveaway.

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Benita said...

I love the idea of combining text and recipes.

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Benita said...

I follow via GFC and I subscribe via email.

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Benita said...

I entered The Wife's Tale Giveaway.

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ossmcalc said...

I think that I would enjoy reading a book with a recipe at the end of each chapter. Maybe I might even become brave enough to try one of the recipes sometime.

thank you,

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I follow you by Google Reader and subscribe via email.

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Kristen said...

I love books with recipes and have even been known to make the recipes. I follow you through Google Reader as BookNAround.

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Debbie F said...

I follow google reader

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I just entered your When will there be good news giveaway

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Debbie F said...

I'm not much of a cook but I really don't mind books with recipes but I could live without them

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Esme said...

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Esme said...

I follow

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catss99 said...

i entered undress me in the temple of heaven
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catss99 said...

I'm torn. I don't really care about the recipes b/c I'm a grad student and don't have time (or the skills) to cook. but i really like memoirs, so if they have recipes put in, that's ok:-)
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409cope said...

I actually prefer that recipes are left in cookbooks as I never think about the recipes in a book. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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I entered Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

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I enjoy books with recipes in them; I've got a lot of cookbooks, too!

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Ann said...

This looks like a good book, the cover draws you in and the recipes are a bonus. Have also entered Stolen Crown and I'm a follower...
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Cindy said...

This sounds like such a fun book! Please include me in the giveaway.

I love books that include recipes! I love to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try.

A book that is set in France and has recipes sounds wonderful!

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I follow your blog on Google.

I also subscribe by email.

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Cindy said...

I also entered your giveaways for Prime Time Health and When Will There Be Good News?

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Nancye said...

I really haven't read too many novels with recipes. I think I would like it if that didn't take center stage and distract from the story.

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Bookie said...

Books with recipes are a lot of fun to read about. Normally it makes me want to try the recipe out myself!

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I entered the try darkness giveaway.

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