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Elizabeth Bard
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Book Description

4 July 2011
Has a meal ever changed your life? Part love story, part wine-splattered cookbook, Lunch in Paris is a deliciously tart, forthright and funny story of falling in love with a Frenchman and moving to the world’s most romantic city – not the Hollywood version, but the real Paris, a heady mix of blood sausage, pains aux chocolats and irregular verbs.From gutting her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen) to discovering the French version of Death by Chocolate, Elizabeth Bard finds that learning to cook and building a new life have a lot in common. Peppered with recipes, this mouth-watering love story is the perfect treat for anyone who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change their life.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849531544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531542
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author based in France. Her first book, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, has been a New York Times and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick, and the recipicent of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA).

Bard's writing on food, art, travel and digital culture has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Wired, Haper's Bazaar and The Huffington Post. You can follow Elizabeth's continuing culinary adventures on her blog, facebook and twitter:

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'So much more than simply a novel… A mouth-watering selection of recipes intersperses this entertaining story… allowing you to experience the gastronomic delights of the French capital as you read… Whether you're a hopeless romantic, a domestic goddess or somewhat lacking in the culinary skills department then Lunch in Paris is sure to provide food for thought for all tastes. This delectable delight is the perfect way to enjoy lunch in Paris if you can't be there yourself.' (French Property News)

'Elizabeth Bard dishes up her cultural observations and reflections in and engaging, conversational style. Her relationship with her mother is particularly enjoyable and no doubt recognisable to many women… Though tinged with sadness, it's as warming as 'Moelleux au Chocolat 'Kitu''… a tasty book indeed!' (We Love This Book)

'Escapism doesn't come much more delicious than this… ambrosial and uplifting… Lunch in Paris will go down a treat.' (France magazine)

'I thought I had found paradise in a book and I was right!!! Terrific, I loved this book!' (Julie - Waterstone's Lancaster bookseller)

'truly delicious… this delectable delight is the perfect way to enjoy lunch in Paris if you can't be there yourself.' (Living France)

'What a treat this book is as a fan of French food and Paris. I thought I had found paradise in a book and I was right!!! A wonderful tale of life in Paris, falling in love with a Frenchman and learning how to cook in the city of love!! Terrific, I loved this book!!' (Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller)

'this tantalising account… includes the recipes that helped her out.' (St Christopher's Inns Website)

'This is a love story: for each other, for fine thinking and good living.' (Sainsbury's magazine)

'an exhilarating, intoxicating adventure… her culinary journey charted by a selection of mouth-watering recipes.' (The Good Book Guide)

'this is a truly insightful, intelligent and at times funny… peppered with luscious recipes… such a beautiful read.' (

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I was bought this book as a present, as I have a bit of an obsession with all things Paris. I loved the beautiful cover and the premise, but wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the book because I can't cook to save my life - however I was instantly proven wrong as Elizabeth Bard explains her recipes so eloquently and simply that I actually managed to cook a very successful 'Pasta A La Gwendal', much to the delight of my family, and may just have been transformed into a culinary goddess.

The story itself is as wonderful as the title suggests - funny, romantic, and actually pretty uplifting, and for once, unlike other French travelogues that I've read, I really liked the characters. Let's just say it's made me fall even more in love with Paris than I already was!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy going read 22 Mar 2013
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I mostly enjoyed this book - as a holiday read it was fine, but it's pretty gentle, it sort of ambles along without too much happening. I got bored in the middle and thought it was too slow but I persevered because there were some quite enjoyable elements: the growth of the character as she spends longer in France, occasional insights into the relationship with her deceased father - not cloying at all - and the presentation of the recipes and insights into French life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 31 Aug 2011
I wasn't expecting much from this book when it was first passed on to me, but the first chapter got me completely hooked. Bard's keen observance of the French and their quirks were funny, charming, and spot-on. Her struggles to integrate as an expat are heartfelt and she finds solace in the universal language of great food. The recipes at the end of each chapter are perfect - delicious and simple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 24 July 2014
This is a beautifully seductive story of running away to Paris and indulging - complete with recipes! I was hooked from the first chapter and cannot wait to try out the dishes included. It is not a taxing read, but it is heart warming and, in my opinion, much less contrived than books such as Eat, Pray, Love.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after good reviews 13 May 2012
By B. Gibb
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A very average book with rather ordinary recipes. As a real life story it's rather commonplace. Would not recommend as there are other more interesting books about life in Paris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipe ideas 28 Jun 2014
By sandie
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Slow start but I kept going because of the recipes, and ended up enjoying the story as well which showed an interesting insight into French v USA thinking.
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I love this book, all the reviews say it is charming, & so it is! The story of an American journalist who moves to Paris to be with her tap dancing French boyfriend, it is funny, sweet & very entertaining. It introduces us to the ups & downs of living in France, & has lovely, mouth watering recipes. I'm, sadly, not good in the kitchen, but these recipes made me want to rush out, buy fresh ingredients & cook!
(Hasn't happened yet, but I can dream!)
At the end of the book, Elizabeth reveals that they are now living in Provence, so I hope we get a follow up book about life in the South of France too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable quick read 27 Jan 2014
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The recipes were not much beyond what I've read before, better reading in Julie and Julia. The story was sweet if a little light on substance. It does inspire wanderlust however!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my kind of book.
Published 6 days ago by Mrs.M.kYLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Double value
Recipes are great
Published 8 days ago by Jana de Vere Drage Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Lunch in Paris
I really loved this book and looked forward to reading it each night. It's a great story of a couple who make their home in Paris even though she is an American. Read more
Published 2 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer delight! Insightful, clever and funny.
What a delightful cultural insight and a delicious journey of love and food...a joy to read, so sad to finish...
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
This is a really good book with interesting recipes, which I will definitely try. The author describes Paris in great detail too
Published 6 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all lovers of food and people
A very personal autobiography by Elizabeth, an American falling in love with a Frenchman. Detailing the cultural differences between the two races, but all the time showing that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Dowsett
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
boring, boring, boring! just could not get into this book at all. The recipes were also dull and not practical
Published 15 months ago by mrs l powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Words and food, perfection
This book is so much more than the story of a woman and her new life in France. It is more than recipes. It is the mixing of cultures, of hopes and dreams. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karon Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars My idea of book heaven
A love story and recipes at the end of every chapter - this is my idea of the perfect book.
Published 16 months ago by KathyG
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