Lunch in Paris
March 28, 2011
Lunch in Paris: a Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard is a lively and thought-provoking look at the experience of a young woman, born and raised in New York City, who moves to Paris and marries a handsome, charming Frenchman. Elizabeth Bard is a keen observer of people, customs, and an adventurous gastronome. She is at first mystified by French cuisine and then becomes an enthusiastic participant. Her loving descriptions of the farmers’ markets, fish markets, and wonderful bakeries are deliciously evocative, even for the non-cook. And, her accounts of her forays into unknown recipes are often laugh-out-loud funny. Bard’s observations on the differences in French and American cultures are sensitive and original. She offers insights on attitudes toward politics, education, and careers that are shaped as much by life-styles as by history. Especially timely are her observations on immigration policy and socialized medicine.
Lunch in Paris will leave the reader with a sense of life in one of Europe’s great cities and the feeling of having made the acquaintance of a warm-hearted and talented young woman.
Oak Grove Branch