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Review: Picnic in Provence

July 28, 2015

Picnic in Provence

Several years ago, Elizabeth Bard documented her transition into the French culture in her first memoir, Lunch in Paris, which I loved.  When I found out she’s continued her story in Picnic in Provence, I was excited to read the book and, happily, was not disappointed.

Bard and her husband Gwendal, along with their infant son, visited Provence and fell in love with the area and decided to relocate there.   Their house needed a lot of work but they quickly fell into the slower pace of life in Provence.  Bard cooked with local ingredients and wrote while her husband ran his consulting company.  When he’s offered a chance for bigger and better things, they decided they can’t bear to leave Provence so he came up with the idea to open an ice cream shop.  Throughout the book, Bard writes of the fresh, local foods she gets and the dishes she creates with them and ends each chapter by sharing the recipes she writes about.

I thought Picnic in Provence was just as delightful as Lunch in Paris.  Bard shares the good and bad of adjusting to life in a different culture.  She’s learned the language, loves the food, and does all she can to absorb the culture but still feels like an outsider at times.  At other times, she feels she’s right where she belongs.  Having lived in France myself, I could totally relate to her feelings.  Bard writes with a lot of heart so I found Picnic in Provence hard to put down.  I thoroughly enjoy this book and I recommend it to Francophiles and those who like memoirs and/or foodie books.

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Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2015 7:32 am

    I just picked up Lunch in Paris and can’t wait to read it.

  2. July 28, 2015 7:39 am

    This sounds great. I can see why you loved it so much – given your experience.

  3. Diane permalink
    July 28, 2015 7:49 am

    It does sound good Kathy/ Glad u shared with us.

  4. July 28, 2015 8:03 am

    Did you ever read A Year in Provence or see the mini-series on PBS? It’s from more than 15 years ago. You would probably enjoy it, too. I have to pick up these memoirs.

  5. July 28, 2015 11:01 am

    This sounds like a wonderful memoir, Kathy. I am glad you enjoyed it. I have never had the opportunity to live in another country. I imagine it would be exciting and challenging.

  6. July 28, 2015 11:39 am

    Anything with Provence in the title draws me like a magnet!

  7. July 28, 2015 11:55 am

    This sounds wonderful! I love foodie books – how fun to open up an ice cream shop in Paris!

  8. July 28, 2015 12:57 pm

    I’ve put Lunch In Paris on hold at my library, and put in a purchase order for Picnic In Provence.

    Both sound really good!

  9. July 28, 2015 3:09 pm

    These both sound fantastic

  10. Patty permalink
    July 28, 2015 3:20 pm

    Book like these are always delightful!

  11. July 28, 2015 4:04 pm

    I loved Lunch in Paris! Now, I have to read this one 🙂 I’m glad you posted about it – makes me excited to read all about life in Provence. Great post!

  12. July 28, 2015 4:07 pm

    Sounds great 🙂

  13. July 28, 2015 10:30 pm

    sounds delightful.

  14. July 29, 2015 1:37 am

    I like the idea of this book as well. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kathy.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    July 29, 2015 8:31 am

    I bet you could relate! Sounds like the perfect book for you!

  16. July 31, 2015 10:59 am

    Love the title, cover, and the idea of A Picnic in Provence!

  17. August 1, 2015 9:58 am

    I just came across Lunch in Paris and added it to my TBR. I’m glad to hear that A Picnic in Provence is just as delightful. Can’t wait to take a virtual trip to France through these books!

  18. August 1, 2015 10:24 am

    Glad to hear you liked this one asuch ad Lunch in Paris. I was a fan of that book and look forward to reading this one.

  19. Beth F permalink
    August 1, 2015 10:37 am

    Yes, perfect for you! I need to read both books.

  20. August 1, 2015 2:47 pm

    i’m so happy to hear this is good. i did love the first book, and wondered about the second. thanks so much. i’ll go buy it now.

  21. August 1, 2015 4:13 pm

    I read Lunch in Paris – it was fun – need to try this one too. Cheers

  22. August 1, 2015 6:49 pm

    This sounds really good, and the cover is cute!

  23. August 2, 2015 3:57 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this book! Sounds like a fun read.


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