Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard Elizabeth Bard's memoir, "Lunch in Paris," details not only her meeting with and marriage to a French gentleman called Gwendal but also how she comes to think about food while learning to make some of Gwendal's favorite dishes.Coming from America, Bard's concepts of shopping, recipes and portions are significantly different from those of her new family. In the course of her first few years living in Paris, she becomes accustomed to shopping on an almost daily basis due to lack of storage space in their apartment. She gets to know the vendors at the farmer's market and finds herself getting better quality meat, fish, cheese and produce as a result of developing relationships.Most of all, she learns how to cook differently. Luckily for those of us who enjoy French cuisine, she includes numerous recipes in the book. These recipes are particularly useful in that they serve 2-4 people instead of the usual 6-8 servings found in most French cookbooks. Smaller families will be delighted with these concepts and dishes. Instructions are well-laid out, along with some good-humored explanations of some of the reasons for a particular direction.Sure to be enjoyed by fans of "Julie & Julia" and lovers of French culture alike.(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)