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“They weren't tears of sadness or even tears of joy. I was just overflowing. Like so many things since I'd been here, I didn't yet understand it, but I felt it.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“For the record, I'm not an indecisive person, and I'm not a coward. I just have a very detailed imaginary life, and it sometimes takes precedence over what's actually happening around me.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“No better way to avoid making a decision than burying yourself in a big fat book.” (p. 105).”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“I'm not the girl who swings from the chandeliers and screws men because she can, fixing her lipstick in the rear view mirror of a cab hailed at dawn. I'm the girl you call Wednesday for Saturday. The girl who reads Milton for fun and knows a fish fork when she sees one. A flirt maybe, but in that harmless, nineteenth-century, kiss-my-hand-and-ask-me-to-waltz kind of way. Mostly, I'm a thinker, a worrier. Since I'm a New Yorker, you can take that last bit up a notch. It's not that there's no free spirit in me. But it's a free spirit with a five-year plan.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“If "Sex and the City" taught us anything, it's that Paris is the only city in the world that New Yorkers actually fantasize about.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“Mostly I’m a thinker, a worrier … it’s not that there’s no free spirit in me. But it’s a free spirit with a five-year plan”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“It's simple: Women who pick at their food hate sex. Women who suck the meat off of lobster claws, order (and finish) dessert- these are the women who are going to rip your clothes off and come back for seconds.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“People grow, but they don't change.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“In Paris the past is always with you: you look at it, walk over it, sit on it.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“A baby is a wishing well. Everyone puts their hopes, their fears, their pasts, their two cents in.”
Elizabeth Bard, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes
tags: babies
“Home can be something as vast as a country, as holy as a temple, or as simple as a cake.”
Elizabeth Bard, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes
“I was living "every girl's" dream. But I had yet to find my own passion, my personal project, the thing that would help make Paris mine.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“He was still open to the magic of this place. I didn't know a lot of people who were open to magic at all.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
tags: life
“A French portion is half of an American portion, and a French meal takes twice as long to eat. You do the math.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“That's the real reason why French women don't get fat: every day they make "petites" decisions that keep the larger weight loss struggle from ever having to begin.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“My inner control freak had taken the day off... I had descended from the mountain of the perfect, into the valley of the possible, and was now on the happy shaded trail, dappled with sunlight, of the present. It was the most wonderful walk of my life.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“I've decided to take the day off. From myself. Today, I will not feel behind. I will not worry about being a better wife, mother, daughter, housekeeper, or writer. I'm not making a fancy dinner. I'll be having quite an ordinary day, but I'll be thinking and thanking-instead of fretting and fixing. We all need one day a year when we meet our own expectations and allow the world to be as it is instead of exactly how we would like it to be.”
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“A French conversation starter is more subtle. Work is considered boring, money is out of the question, politics comes later (and only in like-minded company). Vacation is a safe bet - it's no exaggeration to say that French people are always going on, returning from, or planning a holiday. But more often than not, social class in France is judged by your relationship to culture.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“The woman's face was like a stone tablet, as if the president of the chess club had wandered over to the Goth corner of the schoolyard and asked to touch a tongue piercing.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“I live three thousand miles away from my mother. But no matter how far away, I'm still hers. I'm brave in the ways she's made me brave and scared in the ways she's made me scared. I'll never belong to anyone the way I belong to her.”
Elizabeth Bard, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes
“I watched the couples walking around the lake, 'Maybe it's the New Yorker in me. I'm too used to rushing around. But everyone here is so relaxed, it's like they're moving in slow motion.'

'Why should they rush? They're not going anywhere.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“In the three months since I'd moved to Paris, I hadn't been to a single party. I was eager to get dressed up and go somewhere, dying to talk to somebody other than the guy who sold me my zucchini.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“I almost never let reality get in the way of a good story.”
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“We've been here dozen of times since we met, but this precious month before the baby is born feels like a last first date. There's a different kind of romance beginning. We will never again be entirely alone in the world”
Elizabeth Bard, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes
“I could say I was nervous, but that would be a lie. My inner control freak had taken the day off, and in her place appeared a perfectly relaxed young woman, kissing friends, directing traffic. I had descended from the mountain of perfect, into the valley of the possible, and was now on the happy shaded trail, dappled with sunlight, of the present.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“I thought about Gwendal and his non-recipes - throwing this and that into the pan. This no longer seemed like a totally foreign idea to me. I'd become so experimental in the kitchen, embracing unknown ingredients and making things up as I went along. Could I learn to do that for other parts of my life? In France, composing a well-balanced meal is easy; a well-balanced life is another story. How could I keep my American just-do-it attitude without the accompanying fear of failure? How could I keep the French pleasure of savoring the moment while still building for the future?”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“Paris presented different questions. If no one asked me for the rest of my life what I did for a living, how much money I made, who I knew, where I went to school—what would I want to do with my time? What if I stopped to ask myself what would make me happy, instead of what would make me successful, respectable, worthy? If that answer had to come from the inside, rather than the outside, what would it be? Afra”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
“No better way to avoid making a decision than burying yourself in a big fat book.”
Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes


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