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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 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,262 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:

www.elizabethbard.com
www.facebook.com/LunchinParis
www.twitter.com/ElizabethBard


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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.'

(Tripfiction.com)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By awendybird on 9 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By puffpuff on 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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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 April 2015
Format: Paperback
This is the account of an American woman who moves to Paris and marries her French boyfriend (who's not at all a stereotype - he's a tapdancing engineer with the unlikely name of Gwendal). It's about how she adapts to living in Paris and how she falls in love with the city and the cuisine. She ends every chapter with some of her favourite recipes, so it's part memoir, part travelogue, part recipe book.

Unfortunately Elizabeth just isn't as interesting as she thinks she is. There's too much about her - I love history! I grew up surrounded by women! I like eating! - and not enough objectively about the experience of moving to a new country. Parts of the book also felt like they had been taken verbatim from emails to her mother (eg "tonight when I came out of the Louvre I noticed them cleaning the windows").

Some of the most interesting parts for me were the way that she starts to find fault in so many aspects of the American culture. She pokes fun at American tourists and sneers at her mother for assuming that things will operate in Europe as they do in the US. Over my life I've lived in seven different countries, and it got me thinking about the way that I have adapted and assimilated. I was also interested in her views on the differences between American vs French attitudes, how what is quite acceptable in the US is seen as pushy in France and how Americans show their power by helping whereas the French show their power by blocking progress.

The integration of the recipes (more than 60) feels very natural given Elizabeth's obsession with food. (She's the kind of writer who describes walls as being the colour of butter or a sweater as being the colour of warm milk.) While I haven't tried any, for the most part they sound tasty and easy to follow.
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I really enjoyed this book but almost didn't buy it as I got the impression from the title and blurb that it was some sort of clichéd romance. On the spur of the moment I decided to buy it anyway and downloaded it onto my Kindle. It's actually much more compelling than some fluffy love story. It's an autobiographical account of the American author's decision to move to Paris, the quirks of the French and life in Paris and her adjustment to living there. Yes, part of this is meeting and marrying a Frenchman but that isn't the main focus of the book. There is much more about how Parisians live, which is still very different to British or American ways, often told through the perspective of the amazing food available in Paris (with accompanying recipes), and what it is like to move there as a foreigner. I am probably biased as my husband's job has just moved to Paris and I am now experiencing at first hand a lot of what the author discovered. I too am a bit of a foodie, and I knew that I was on the same wavelength as the author when she describes how she walks past several bakers in search the best croissant. Me too - but then In Paris there are bakers on every street corner. The book is intelligently written, is almost philosophical in parts such as considering the author's switch from go-getting American career girl to contented wife, and spot on in from my early experience about the very different French approach to work and their guiding life philosophy. In summary, an excellent book about life in Paris and French attitudes but not one to buy if you are after a chick lit romance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wanderluster on 31 Aug. 2011
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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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This memoir is a delicious look at life in Paris, seen through the eyes of Elizabeth, an American, who falls for Paris as well as a Frenchman.

Elizabeth sets a lovely scene as she takes us through the special times spent around the dining table learning the French way, from simple daily lunches to large family get togethers. She shares her daily visits to her local market and if you have seen the film Notting Hill (and if you haven't you should) you may remember when the lady walks down the market and the seasons change around her. I love that film and I could visualise Elizabeth doing the same in her little corner of Paris.

As her life in Paris develops, she adds her own family food to her French dining table and includes her French family in her Jewish celebrations, often giving them a French twist. This book includes some of her favourite recipes and I have marked out some that I will be giving a go, although none of them seem too complicated. Although food is important, this book is also about language, love and making a life for yourself in a new country.

At the end of the book Elizabeth offers a reading list and I will certainly be looking up some of her suggestions as if there is one thing I love it is reading!
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