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June 10 , 2008

Quicklet on Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes (CliffNotes-like Summary)



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Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes is not only a love letter to France and Elizabeth Bard’s husband Gwendal, but a love letter to good food as well. Bard takes the mundane aspects of solitary ingredients and writes about them so intricately that reading about a rare pave au poivre maes you to feel the steak in your mouth.

What starts out as a one-afternoon stand (she and husband Gwendal had their first date in the afternoon) turns into a love affair of epic proportions not only with each other, but with their beloved France as well.

The recipes almost always follow a significant event in Bard’s life. Upon meeting her future in-laws for the first time, after a five hour car ride, her nervousness is contagious. But all was well as Gwendal’s parents threw together a magnificent feast of poached cod with wilted leeks and homemade mayonnaise. Life would never be the same for Bard again, nor for Gwendal’s parents. After meeting her mother-in-law, Elizabeth, Nicole promptly signs up for English classes.


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“Elizabeth Bard is originally a New Yorker and found her way to London in the early 2000’s. During a trip to attend a conference in Paris, she met her Gwendal and fell in love. Bard subsequently split her time between London and Paris, trying to make a long-distance relationship work, as she had vowed not to give up her independence. The pull of France; its food, people, life and of course her boyfriend was just too strong and Bard relocated to the south of France. (

Learning how to live in a place where both the language and customs were foreign to her was a challenge for Bard, who described herself as a lonely only child who only found her peace while strolling through the many museums New York had to offer. Bard later became fluent in the French language and began to learn the recipes that had been handed down to her husband’s family through generations.

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