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Weekend Cooking: Lunch in Paris

July 25, 2010

American Elizabeth Bard was living and working in London when she met Gwendal,  a dashing young Frenchman, at an academic conference.  They kept in touch through emails and met up again when Elizabeth had to visit Paris.  They fell in love, Elizabeth moved to Paris and they eventually married.  Elizabeth documents her transition into the French culture in her memoir, Lunch in Paris with love, honesty and food.

Lunch in Paris is such a charming book!  I delighted in its pages and didn’t want to put it down.  Living in another culture isn’t always easy, but Elizabeth approached it with a positive attitude that spoke of her love for her husband and French cuisine.  Foodies will be thrilled to find that the recipes for most of the dishes mentioned in the book are included.  There’s more to the story than food, though – Elizabeth is frank about the ups and downs of adjusting to a different culture and combining two cultures in a marriage.

Oh, how I could relate to Lunch in Paris!   I eagerly devoured the pages of this book, yet I wanted to stretch out the reading experience at the same time.  I found myself reading parts aloud to Carl while he and I nodded our heads in agreement.  I felt like Elizabeth was spot on in her assessments of the differences in cultures, and I appreciate the way she always treated them respectfully.  After all, different doesn’t necessarily equal better or worse.  I think this book will have broad appeal – those who love memoirs,  love  food, have lived in another culture, or hope to live in another culture will all relate to this book.

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Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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43 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2010 5:46 am

    This sounds like a delightful read, and I love that cover!

  2. July 25, 2010 7:07 am

    I’m glad you liked it because it’s on my shelf and I want to work it into my reading soon.

  3. July 25, 2010 7:11 am

    The book really sound sweet and a light read. And I always love to read anything with food =)

  4. July 25, 2010 8:02 am

    I wasn’t sure if this would be a book for me or not. However, after reading your review I KNOW that I must read it soon 🙂

  5. July 25, 2010 8:19 am

    I saw this at the library a few weeks ago and almost picked it up. Now I wish I had. I’m going to put it on hold right now 🙂
    Thanks for the review.

  6. July 25, 2010 8:20 am

    Sounds delightful! I’ve never been to Paris so I wonder if I’d appreciate it as much.

  7. July 25, 2010 9:20 am

    Oh I bet I would love this, and not just for the foodie bits. Anyone who has lived in a different country could probably relate. I think I have a copy of this …. must track down now.

  8. July 25, 2010 9:25 am

    Great review. I can especially see how you can relate to the story.

  9. July 25, 2010 9:31 am

    Loved the line about how you devoured the pages of the book!

  10. July 25, 2010 10:08 am

    Sounds like a light summer read – will you be making any of the recipes?

  11. July 25, 2010 10:22 am

    I can so relate to adjusting and learning about the different culture of a spouse. This sounds really good. I think I would like it…and recipes???Yum

  12. July 25, 2010 11:18 am

    I loved this book also. I couldn’t stop laughing at the chapter about Parisians and their dogs!

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 25, 2010 11:44 am

    Now that we’ve spent a little time there, with our French friends, I think I would really like this one.

  14. July 25, 2010 12:26 pm

    Your enthusiasm is so compelling I need to pick this up, as one who also lived in France as you did. I’m fascinated with their culture, as well as the idea of marriages working it out there. And recipes…:)

  15. July 25, 2010 12:27 pm

    I’m a bit of an armchair traveller, so this one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the review!

  16. July 25, 2010 12:27 pm

    This sounds like a perfect book for you. It reminds me of the wonderful series you did on your life in France. I want to read this book.

  17. Kathleen permalink
    July 25, 2010 1:02 pm

    My sister is a romantic at heart AND a chef so I am going to recommend this one to her. It sounds charming.

  18. July 25, 2010 1:19 pm

    since you lived in France and are yourself aware of many of the cultural difference, I can see how this one spoke to you.

  19. July 25, 2010 1:35 pm

    Kathy, I am charmed by your review. It sounds like a lovely book.

  20. July 25, 2010 1:47 pm

    For this reason, I totally fell in love with My Life in France by Julia Child. The French-ness! The food! But because you have lived there, I am sure this was more of a 3D experience for you.

  21. July 25, 2010 2:15 pm

    I so want to read this book! Paris, food, that cover = sold!

  22. July 25, 2010 3:12 pm

    This book sounds delightful, enjoyable and very interesting. I’ve never lived in another country but would welcome the opportunity. I’m thrilled that the author included recipes in her memoir.

    You review is wonderful, Kathy and I love your excitement and genuine enjoyment of this book!

    ~ Amy

  23. July 25, 2010 3:35 pm

    When someone who has lived the experience raves about an ex-pat’s memoir, the antennae go up. I will look for this. Thank you.

  24. July 25, 2010 3:39 pm

    What a great read for culture and fine cuisine. I’m so happy you enjoyed this book and will look out for it on my end. You definitely made me want to go out and enjoy discovering the pleasure contained in Lunch in Paris. Love your enthusiasm and know it leaves me smiling for the rest of the day too.
    Have a great Sunday 🙂

  25. July 25, 2010 5:28 pm

    This book is just the kind of book I love to read….Paris, romance, and food!

    Thank you for sharing your review with us.

  26. July 25, 2010 6:37 pm

    This book keeps tempting me. 😀

  27. July 25, 2010 7:19 pm

    Great review! This sounds like a really good book.

  28. July 25, 2010 7:52 pm

    I love memoirs, and having it be about cultures and food makes it even more of a draw. This one is going right on my wish list.

  29. July 25, 2010 9:41 pm

    This sounds wonderful…I want to read it!! 😀

  30. July 25, 2010 10:42 pm

    I am interested in this one! I keep forgetting about the Weekend Cooking Meme – my Seven Year Switch would have been an awesome fit! I will ahve to keep this in mind 🙂

  31. July 25, 2010 10:43 pm

    This sounds like a cute book, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  32. July 26, 2010 12:25 am

    Great review, I’m not a foodie reader but I love memoirs and books about other cultures. This is another one I will have to add to my reading list.

  33. July 26, 2010 6:27 am

    Moving a few states away was a bit of a culture-shock for me. I couldn’t imagine moving to a completely new country! Though I bet Paris is gorgeous. The food part appeals to me…

  34. July 26, 2010 8:45 am

    It sounds like this was the perfect read for you and also like it let you live some of your past experiences. I am so glad you loved this book! I will have to keep an eye out for it!

  35. July 26, 2010 11:10 am

    I just put this on hold. I had forgotten all about it, your review reminded me just how much I wanted to read this book. It sounds wonderful!

  36. July 26, 2010 1:10 pm

    My library has a copy of the book and I have a hold on the copy of the book … only 25 people ahead of me before I get to read it!

  37. July 26, 2010 3:18 pm

    I’ve always been interested in living somewhere in Europe for awhile, so this sounds like a book that’s just right for me.

  38. July 27, 2010 11:53 am

    I bet this would have been a great read for you having lived there. I’d love to read this one too- I love books like this.

  39. July 27, 2010 4:54 pm

    This sounds absolutely delightful! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I love the fact that the recipes are included – that is always such a pleasant surprise!

  40. July 28, 2010 9:56 am

    I don’t read this type of book often, but you’ve convinced me to add this to my to-read-some-day list.

  41. July 28, 2010 10:14 am

    Memoir, culture, food – that’s a great combo and I can see why you liked this book. I’m going to look it up too!

  42. August 1, 2010 7:22 pm

    I loved the inclusion of recipes. So many to try!

  43. August 4, 2010 8:14 pm

    Sounds delightful! I definitely like food but can’t say the same for cooking. LOL. Thanks for reviewing this book, Kathy!

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