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Lunch In Paris by Elizabeth Bard
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Sep 04, 11

bookshelves: france, food
Read from August 07 to 21, 2011

A fun little read this. My feeling about the book is that this isn't so much a book about food but a book about going to live in another culture. Those clever publishers a Brown Little (the original US publishers) hot on the success of Julie and Julia have dressed this book up as something it isn't. There are many better books about food and eating in Paris, and I'm not sure serious foodies will find much new here. Also it has the feel of something that has been rushed to publication, there are some parts that probably could have been cut because they don't really relate to main narrative. That said, the books strength is that it is about someone taking a big chance on a relationship, going and living in another country and culture the consequent adaptions they need to make - with some ironic twists. Interesting stuff about French and US cultures - she gives both a good smack down. Bard has clearly done a lot of reading and writes with a lot of wit, fluency and honesty. There are some dark parts to the story and I feel that if these had been delved into further it could have gone from a good read to a great one - but autobiographical writing must be bloody hard to write. Enjoyable stuff.

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08/07/2011 page 30
9.0% "Elizabeth Bard is a friend of mine. She's writen a book about food in Paris - so only A J Liebling, Hemingway and Zola to go up against them; so this is going to be interesting..."

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