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Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
by Elizabeth Bard

Published: 2010-02-01
Hardcover : 336 pages
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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 her pavé au poivre, the steak'spink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? ...
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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 her pavé 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 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.

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  "Lunch in Paris does not make me want to visit or lunch"by bookmobile (see profile) 07/16/14

Long, boring drivel. If it weren't for a New Years resolution to read every book for bookclub...this would have been returned to the librart quickly! This author was not about to make me break my resolution.... (read more)

 
  "Pleasant"by Alison8641 (see profile) 08/24/12

I liked the book but it was nothing truly special. Our book group read it this summer and it made for a quick, easy read. The author brought out some points about living in Paris that I wasn't aware... (read more)

 
  "Deena"by deena (see profile) 03/16/12

 
  "Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes"by misha_quarles (see profile) 09/12/11

It is an easy read about a woman falling in love in Paris and her life there. The author has a cute and funny writing style. If your club is looking for a light read, this is amazing.
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  "Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes"by karsu (see profile) 07/08/11

A semi-autobiographical tale of an American girl meeting and eventually marrying her true love in Paris. She includes recipes of food involved in her stories of life in Paris. The book is fun, but not... (read more)

 
  "Lunch in Paris"by juliemoore (see profile) 08/06/10

A good friend of mine loved this book, however I did not. Lunch in Paris could be appreciated by someone who has been to Paris, loves to cook gourmet meals, and enjoys a slow read. Sadly, that is not... (read more)

 
  "Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes"by anonunez (see profile) 06/25/10

The story was easy to read, and it was fun to review the recipes at the end of each chapter. It was not a sophisticated book, nor was the writing excellent, but there was something endearing about the... (read more)

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