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 café.
(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.
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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