Which do you prefer…Lunch in Paris or a Picnic in Provence?

Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes

Picnic in Provence, A Memoir with Recipes

By Elizabeth Bard

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist who moved to Paris, fell in love and settled in Provence.   She was raised in New Jersey and New York City.   Both of her memoirs received much critical acclaim and commercial success.

Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes

While living in London, Elizabeth visited Paris for a weekend and had lunch with a handsome Frenchman, Gwendal.  The lunch turned into a life adventure rooted in French cuisine.  This realistically recounted love story highlights the charms of both her relationship and Paris.  Elizabeth delves into the struggles of living abroad for herself, but also the affect on the friends and family close to her.   The one constant throughout is the food.  Getting to know her butcher and fishmonger helps her better understand her new surroundings and culture.  The book nicely depicts the rewards of a decision to pursue a future abroad.

Picnic in Provence

Picnic in Provence, A Memoir with Recipes

Married and newly pregnant, Elizabeth and her husband, Gwendal decide to move away from their city roots in Paris and start a new adventure in the small, Provencal village of Cereste.  There are many adjustments to be made.  Although French, even Gwendal experiences cultural changes.  Elizabeth honestly and fearlessly recounts her struggle with adjusting to motherhood.  While hard to admit, many women are sure to relate to her challenges and admire her effort towards resolution.  The move to Provence changes Elizabeth and her family life profoundly.  She manages to wonderfully describe her story with the cornerstone recipes that tie everything

Elizabeth delves not only into French life, but her own life and struggles that brought her to settling in France.   Although fully ensconced in French life, it was nice to read she still wants to not only hang on to her American roots, but pass on her national pride to her son.  The recipes play an important part of the story.  They provided great inspiration for adaptation to plant based recipes.

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