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As promised here is the second of the three Paris Memoirs that I highly recommend as delightful reading.

This one reminds me why I love lunch!

It is by Elizabeth Bard, another one of my favourite authors living in France, and is called Lunch in Paris.

It’s a love story where she had me with her opening line;

“I slept with my French husband halfway through our first date!”

Her first date was, in fact, lunch with a handsome stranger named Gwendal in a Paris ca.

(The two had met briefly at a conference in London.)

At the end of the meal, Gwendal asked Elizabeth if she might join him for tea at his flat just around the corner.

“I am not that girl!” Bard assures us.

However, sensing that she might be looking at her future,  Elizabeth agreed, and then well …



Recipe for Love in Paris

It turned into one romantic and memorable afternoon, and then dinner, which Gwendal cooked (I’d be a goner too) — and hence began Elizabeth’s love affair with this lovely man, French recipes and Paris in general.

Once again as with Janice Macleod’s love story in Paris Letters,  Gwendal spoke some English but Elizabeth no French.

(How does this happen?)

Somehow they manage, Elizabeth engaging us with her stories of dealing with the inevitable cultural differences, meeting each other’s parents who also fumble along trying to communicate etc. all the while indulging in Parisian life and French cuisine.


The happy couple! Gwendal and Elizabeth

Gwendal and Elizabeth


Here is the way her book is described;

“Bard’s memoir with its mouthwatering recipes is an irresistible adventure for anyone who has dreamed that lunch in Paris could change her life.”

Footnote: You might want to try Elizabeth’s recipe for “Summer Ratatouille!”

I do love lunch. So if I fall in love again, I hope it will be over lunch…in Paris?

To Buy the Book!

Here is the link — Lunch In Paris, A Love Story With Recipes


*Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs Lunch in Paris  and

Picnic in Provence. Her latest cookbook is Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining.

She now lives in the south of France with her husband and their son.


Have You Read Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod?



This was my first summer book recommendation (see blog called Love In Paris! Part One) — a love story about a Canadian woman who finds love with a butcher in Paris.

Here’s the link to purchase it —- Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod.



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  1. Shardie Stevenson on September 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I do so love having lunch with you in a little outdoor cafe in Paris! One of our favourite things BFF! ❤️

    • Ann Bradt on September 8, 2019 at 10:03 am

      About to start your first book recommendation, Paris Letters. Love my Sunday reading Diane!

      • Diana Bishop on September 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

        Hi Ann, It’s so good. Were you able to buy it from my site? I am testing the links. Diana

    • Diana Bishop on September 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      It is the best isn’t it? I went by a table at lunch today down near the Pond Neuf — a resto called Foie Gras — yum. — and this woman was sitting by herself having a huge plate of escargots. I was drooling. On my list to do as the weather gets cooler!

  2. Grace on September 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

    As the season change here in Alberta, Canada we are all, ( women of a certain age) reminiscing of a getaway to leave the harsh winter and enjoy the climate of tolerable environment. Paris cafes’, croissants, pastries and people watching would be a great way to start off this season.
    Thank you Diana for sharing your insight and books to getting away even if its a Lost in transition book ?.

    • Diana Bishop on September 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      I know. I am so fortunate to be in Paris now as the weather is still so wonderful and the cafes are bursting. People watching is the best part of my day.

      I do hope you were able to purchase the book with the link on my blog. Please let me know I am testing the links. Diana

  3. Luci on September 8, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I have a stack of books 3 of which are paris related. I will keep these books in my mind for future reads. Enjoy those cafes Diana!!

    • Diana Bishop on September 9, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Great Luci,

      I would love to know what the Paris related books are? I like to keep a list of everyone I can get my hands on. Thanks, Diana

  4. Tamara Thompson on September 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    These books sound delightful, will be sure to let you know when I purchase from your website. Yes, fall in Paris, oh the beauty I am sure!

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