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.