Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lunch in Paris Review by Elizabeth Bard

A couple of months ago I won Lunch in Paris from Goodreads. I was as excited as I would be if you told me I had really won a lunch in Paris; and that is Paris with an "a" and one "r". In California we have a town called Perris. Anyone who knows me knows my affinity for Paris. With my attorney colleagues whenever I do them a favor, I always tell them that a trip to Paris is fair compensation. However I always make sure they know which Paris I am speaking off.

So what did I think of Lunch in Paris? For me this book was a warm chocolate croissant, a few macaroons and a lemon tart. Loved, Loved Loved it. Bard is living the life I always dreamed I want. The book is her memoir about marrying a "frog" and adapting to life in France. Of course there are many wonderful recipes thrown in along the way and tales about shopping for food and the creations that have resulted.

The book was so much more than that for me. My plan is to retire to France and I appreciated her honesty about adapting to the French lifestyle. France is not North America. Vacationing and living in a foreign country are two different experiences. The United States is the third country I have lived in. While I have always lived in English speaking countries, I found moving to the US to be an adaption. Bard's book made me stop and think. Would moving to France crack my snowglobe, full of the dreams and expectations I have for a life in the land of chocolate and croissants.

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.

From Bard's description she seems to have married into a wonderful family, with strong, cultured independent women. I enjoyed her descriptions of her extended family. Bard delighted me in her tales of family gatherings at the beach, around the table and the lessons she took from the older women in her life.

I found her book to be a sweet dose of charming and reality. I must say that every single one of her recipes were calling my name, begging to be tried.

22 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Wow!! What a fab review!! Yay that you loved this! I hope you get to live in Paris too - that would just be so amazing! Take care
x

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This is a new to me title. After reading your review and how much you loved it I will put it on my wishlist. I hope your dream of retiring to France becomes a reality.

Mary said...

Wow, your post reminds me that I won a copy a long time ago. It's on my shelf and I'm putting it on my summer reading list. Great review. I can't wait to read it!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I thought this was a fun book. It was certainly a book that appealed to me and made me want to return to Paris, too!

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Amy said...

This book sounds fantastic! I love that Elizabeth Bard didn't return to America after her weekend trip to Paris because she met her husband! That's romantic!
It's certainly going to be an adjustment moving to a different country when you've been living in the same one for many years. But time passes, you meet people, get used gto the way things are done in your new home...
I love that Bard included recipes and is honest about adjusting to livin in France. Thank you for a terrific review! I'm putting this book on my tbr list!

Amused said...

This book sounds yummy! I am on a huge memoir kick this year so I need this one now too.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Great review! You made my mouth water and for me to long fro Paris - which I have never longed for before...LOL

I am more of a "find me a place I can lay in the sun.... climb a mountain, ride my bike, have seclusion, write a book, stare at stars and hearing nothing but the slight wind in the trees...

does such a place exist?

Fifi Flowers said...

I really enjoyed her book... inspired moi to paint a bookmark to go with the book!!!
Wondering how many people used her recipes????
Bon weekend... ENJOY!
Fifi

Prairie Rose said...

Sounds like such a sweet book!
I might have to check that out soon!
Hope you have a great weekend:)

A Canadian Foodie said...

Interesting. As a Canadian, I would not think Elizabeth would be a Parisian expert - but, then again, I could give a couple of really good recommendations of places to eat throughout the world from my travels, too - so who am I to say. I do love Elizabeth Baird. She is definitely a Canadian icon in the food world! Nice to be back reading your site... and happy to hear of your new plans! Can't wait to hear more. This is the first summer we are staying home - Vanja and I usually travel to Europe in the summer but this year we will do that in the fall. I am happy to be home with my garden!

I have been in a super slump lately after the Eat Alberta conference we put on here. I knew I needed time to catch up - but didn't expect it to take this long. I have hardly posted all year, and my reading and commenting used to be daily with tenacity and I wouldn't miss anyone's post - but I am just overwhelmed. It is nice to be back and finally catching up with you!
:)
Valerie

Eliotseats said...

Loved this book that I was turned on to by Cook the Books. Granted, I have only made the first recipe, mint tea, but I am dying to try everything! Great review.

La Table De Nana said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book too!Your review is great!

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