Monday, October 17, 2011

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Bard was an American journalist who fell in love with a Frenchman, and she ends up moving to Paris. She writes about her relationship (she ends up marrying the guy) and her transition to living and cooking in France (which she has plenty of time to do because she doesn't have a work visa).

This book was well-written. I enjoyed her observations on the cultural differences between Americans and the French.

A couple of distractions: at times, the author came across as whiny, spoiled, and falsely modest. Also, the recipes seemed unnecessary (all food memoirs don't need recipes!) and I don't think I would actually cook any of the recipes (but I also dismiss a recipe if the ingredient list is too long) although I would eat the food if someone else cooked it for me.

A light, mildly annoying at times, read. Probably good for an airplane ride.

By the way, I heard about this book on Notorious MLE's blog. You can read her review of the book here.


Notorious MLE said...

Thanks for the link love Elaine. I love hearing your thoughts. Right now I'm reading Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shtenygarten, is that on your list?

Elaine said...

Hi MLE, Super Sad True Love Story was not on my list, but I am at the library right now and will check it out today! Thanks for the recommendation!