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Le sourire des femmes

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,607 ratings  ·  910 reviews
À Paris, un triste vendredi de novembre. Aurélie, en plein chagrin d’amour, remarque dans une librairie un roman intitulé Le Sourire des femmes. En le feuilletant, stupeur ! : non seulement elle y découvre le nom du restaurant dont elle est propriétaire, mais, de plus, l’héroïne lui ressemble comme deux gouttes d’eau. La lecture passionnée de ce roman lui redonne goût à la ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2015 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 2007)
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Maya
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While reading many things about The Ingredients of Love made me feel that it's a book that was written to sell rather than to tell a story.

Do you know the cute little French love comedy "Amelie"? The Ingredients of Love feel like the wannabe-sequel "Aurelie", but unfortunately with more drama and clichés and much less charm and depth.

The Ingredients of Love is a very typical and unmemorable feel-good romance. The story idea about a fake author is actually funny enough, and as it turns out quite
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Lulufrances
COME ON, LET'S ALL CELEBRATE THE FACT I FINALLY FINISHED MY FIRST BOOK IN HUNGARIAN! AGHH!
(I am quarter Hungarian, so I grew up speaking the language with my Grandmother, but never reading or writing.)
I feel so accomplished right now, and I've fallen in love with the Hungarian language even more...
My reading experience was quite similar to when I read my first French book, I didn't understand every single word, but that didn't hinder me in actually understanding what was going on etc.

This book i
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Eleni (OverThePlace)
A more Parisian version of 'You've Got Mail', very sweet and warm. ...more
Valerie
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
My favorite part was when André's mother fell down the escalator at Galeries Lafayette. ...more
Voolaa P
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn you Nicolas Barreau, now I want to visit Paris like crazy! It is a beautiful story of two seemingly ordinary people that fall in love in the most peculiar way possible! I guess literature can bring people together after all and that is fine by me! The author is clever, well read, humorous and has a way with words! And plus, he seems to be self sarcastic about his own work something that he projects through his novel, a fact that I really liked! It was refreshing!
Daniel
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about how someone writes a book that is about the story of the real book. And it has meta-parallels to the real book. What?! oO
You have to read it yourself. ;-)

The protagonist of this book is a French man, who wrote a novel about an English man working in Paris called "Das Lächeln der Frauen" (first parallel). But he wrote it under the secret pseudonym of an English author and even a pseudo-translator, because it is obviously written in French. Now a girl, the second protagonist, tries to
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Fragmentage
don't quite understand the hype around this one. predictable plot and the love story didn't get to me either. might try to cook the lamb ragout recipe though. ...more
Claudine Stollarz
Sometimes one should not read a review about a book before you start. Since if it is a negative one, it will influence you whilst reading. Rather make up your own mind... So needless to say i went in with a negative attitude. I found that the author uses alot of French words and phrases which, if you have no french you are screwed. I always know that if a book takes me over a week to read... I was not THAT into it...cute little story... but no WOW romantic read....
Completely Melanie
This was a cute story about how a book brought two people together. It was ok, not bad but not great either.
Dity
1.5 stars? Idk 🤣🙄
Chelsey Wolford
The Eiffel Tower sold me. Sadly the story line did not. Aurélie, a beautiful Parisian restaurateur, has just been dumped by her long-time serious boyfriend, Claude. In order to overcome the recent depression, set in by the break-up, Aurélie begins wandering the streets hoping that anything can take her mind off Claude. Conveniently she stumbles into a quaint little book store and finds a book that immediately catches her eye. She takes it home and reads it all the way through in one night, procl ...more
Tripfiction
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance is in the air in the City of Light - PARIS

The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau. What a delightful read, romance is in the air in the City of Light, but everything is not as it seems. A comédie-francaise of love and intrigue. Aurélie Bredin owns a small restaurant on the Rue Princesse, called Le Temps des Cerises – but you will search in vain for this restaurant, although the author stresses that it is actually based on one of the author’s favourite restaurants with its red-and-whit
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Kamilla
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cute light read. Paris is always magical. And everything always starts with the smile of a woman.
I could have easily watched this as a movie adaptation, it's that French. Well, that's really not surprising, is it? :) Anyway. Aurelie is likeable, as the unlucky in love woman. How creepy would it be to find a book written about you by a stranger you've never met. Aurelie is enchanted by this book and wants to meet the author to discuss the surprising likeness to her life. But somehow, the enigm
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cloudyskye
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hungarian
This was so NOT written by a man! My money is on some 21st century reincarnation of Hedwig Courths-Mahler, who is perhaps best described as a Kaiserreich=German Empire up to 1918 version of Barbara Cartland.
Yes, Paris is beautiful, the French eat good food and drink good wine. OK, so I like neither lamb/mutton/goat or anything that smells remotely like them, nor wine - except to look at it. Mostly it's just sour and/or bitter, so what's all the fuss about? There, mini-rant over. ;)
The story is
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Joy H.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Added 1/16/16. Recommended by Nina of my group.
This book was WONDERFUL! ... FIVE STARS!
I wish they would make a movie out of it!
The characters are so likable. The story-telling is precious.
A delightful plot which draws you in and won't let you go until the end!
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Isa
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars actually.Bubbly little love story!
Mary
I picked up The Ingredients of Love because of the description, the main character Aurelie discovers a novel that changes her life so she feels she must meet the author and while trying to find a way to contact the author she meets his publisher, Andre - I mean come on, what bibliophile wouldn't be intrigued by that description?!?

But now when it comes to the actual reading of the book, even taking to consideration that the topic is about a book that's changed a life; for that I may have a highe
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Dr.Payal Mankad
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★.𝟓
Well well well, romance isn't my usual genre but a movie 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' made me read this. Of course, based in Paris, it is full of romance with a good amount of humor. I would describe it as a sweet little love story! The story itself is so beautiful..it might convice you to visit Paris.
I loved Bernadette here, friend of our heroine Aurelie.
There's one quote that literally made me laugh, "The more I see of Men, the better I like my Dog"😂
One thing I didn't like was climax part; movie's
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Bstef
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not as wonderful as they describe it on the back cover. The plot was ok, but could have used some more suspense, and the grammar mistakes made me almost want to stop reading it a few times. As a translator and proof-reader, I kept asking myself if any of the people on the back cover who have praised this book really read it, and if the author had it proof-read at all... This was the most disappointing part, in my opinion; not to mention that I was expecting more of the chef's point of ...more
Daniel
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me less than a day to finish. This book was exactly what I needed; something light and funny to read, something that will make me smile and blush :) The book had a special and different kind of writing in it, very different from all the books I read. It was a nice change actually, and very easy fast read. The idea of the book kept me surprised in each plot twist, very original!
Tamara Covacevich
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had nothing to read while in Poland and it was the only book on my hostel shelf. It was so bad!! Super basic and obvious storyline, very fake. I don't even think worth reading while on the beach. ...more
Lena
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*2.5/5

What I really enjoyed were the setting in Paris and the atmosphere of this novel, but the romance... bah, so cheesy and corny, so much insta-love. If this was my copy, I would have thrown it through the room out of frustration.
Meital Ben-Daniel
A lovely quick read !
Ange
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really a fan of books that focus mainly on romance and I think that's the reason I can't say I love this one. Something about the plot of romance stories almost always feels predictable and cliché and that's not really my cup of tea.
That being said, the first few pages of this book had me really hooked and it felt like it was a really easy read for me, but towards the middle it got kind of slow (even tho this is a 200 page book, it took me almost 3 days to finish it).
I related in some w
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Mary Swenson
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great escape read!!!!!! Loved the setting and foods and music! Great characters as well!
Kathryn
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Border Music is a hard act to follow and this one didn't come close. ...more
Di Castle
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read, very engaging and amusing. Set in Paris on the day she is dumped Aurelie comes across a book which contains a scene from her restaurant and the character is herself. She tries to contact the author but the editor at the publishing company is not helpful. We know early on that the editor, Andre, actually wrote the book and the story is about his attempts to thwart Aurelie's wish to meet the non existent author. Surprised at the poor reviews and low ratings as I found it unputdownab ...more
Celine Evren
I dont like to read a love story but I like a love story if it happens in Paris.. Living in Singapore made me homesick and this book helped me a lot to go back to Europe :) Easy to read, give a try!
Molly
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I somewhat enjoyed this book at the start, but about a third of the way through, 3 problems began to overpower my ability to take pleasure in it further.

1. The storyline. I'm not a fan of "comedies of errors," and have little patience for stories that are based upon a deception, the deceiver becoming further and further buried in lies as he strives to maintain his ruse, the deceived hurtling toward an inevitable discovery a
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Heather
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book to read by a family member as "light, easy" reading during a vacation. I'm not a fan of romance novels so this was suspect for me to try, but in the end it was indeed light and easy reading.

The plot seemed a little predictable, where the author seemed to try and induce mystery he actually gave away the secrets before their time. The characters were severely one-dimensional and seemingly immature for their ages. I had a very hard time identifying with the characters or belie
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English:
Based on the speculations of Elmar Krekeler, a literature critic of the German newspaper Die Welt, Nicolas Barreau is a fictional author and therefore a pseudonym of the German author Daniela Thiele.
The same is true of the pretended translator Sophie Scherrer.

German:
Basierend auf einer Spekulation des Literaturkritikers Elmar Krekeler der Zeitung Die Welt, handelt es sich bei Nicolas Barre
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