In fact, I didn't really see any evidence of a great love affair I can't imagine being madly in love yet taking a year to decide on a marriage proposal. What annoyed me most about this author was how she tried so hard to protest that she came from a p I had a really tough time getting through this one, mainly because the author annoyed me so much. What annoyed me most about this author was how she tried so hard to protest that she came from a priveledged background, even though she admits to attending boarding school, traveling to Egypt at 12, attending grad school in London, etc among many other things.
She really believes or pretends to that say, a poor kid from the Appalachians has the same exact chances in life as she does. An elitist who doesn't live in reality trying to learn to live in another culture was really how this book came across. Yet her connections seemed to do her husband's career pretty well Does she fancy herself a great bard like Shakespere? In any event, if you like food and Paris, you can get through this, but otherwise you'll most likely give up halfway. The only thing worse than reading about someone else's charmed existence is when they don't even appreciate it for what it is.
May 07, Theresa rated it liked it. I didn't buy this book to read Elizabeth Bard's story; I bought it because it was on a table that were buy two get one free, but mostly because it came with recipes. I love food, and you need to really love food to get through this book. And I mean a real passion for food. The kind of passion you need to have to be able to watch Chopped for hours on end To put it more in perspective, if you read Eat, Pray, Love and really loved the "eat" part, you will like this book. Bard' I didn't buy this book to read Elizabeth Bard's story; I bought it because it was on a table that were buy two get one free, but mostly because it came with recipes.
Bard's story is interesting. She had a plan for her life, but that plan definitely did not involve moving to Paris and falling in love. In fact, I don't think it involved falling in love with food either. But as any chef will tell you, food, like a book, can take you anywhere in the world. That is what I loved about this book. I didn't care much for the love story or the background stories she gives, but I loved the descriptions of food and the recipes.
If I hadn't been reading this book for a challenge, I don't think I would have finished Bard's story. I think I would have stopped after the first five chapters and just scrolled through recipes. There are so many good ones in this book, and I think I am even going to make some for the holidays coming up! Nov 26, Victoria Allman rated it it was amazing.
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With a first line of "I slept with my French husband halfway through our first date. But, it was not until the description of shopping for vegetables in the market that had me drooling and wishing I could live Elizabeth Bard's life. This well-written account of marrying a French man and setting into a Parisian life is stomach-grumbling good. I read it in one long, enjoyable sitting, like a good French meal. You With a first line of "I slept with my French husband halfway through our first date. You will love this book and walk away hungry for more. Feb 10, Elisabeth added it. I have known of and chatted with Elizabeth for nine years - we share a mutual friend and mutual respect and affection for each other - as she jaunted back first from London and then Paris to visit family and friends in the States.
This book explores her decision to move to Paris: it is a delicious read of her adjustment to her new life and what role food has played in significant events, from first date to wedding to dealing with her father-in-law's terminal illness. It is told in a very Elizabe I have known of and chatted with Elizabeth for nine years - we share a mutual friend and mutual respect and affection for each other - as she jaunted back first from London and then Paris to visit family and friends in the States.
It is told in a very Elizabeth way, which means I feel I am sitting on the couch next to her, having an actual conversation. And I feel it is always the sign of a good book when one feels compelled to try out a recipe immediately - and I have dogeared others! Dec 14, Nancy rated it did not like it.
I found it poorly written and self-congratulatory and was annoyed with this book the entire time. As an American woman who also married a French man in her late 20's and moved to France, I was hoping to relate, but I just thought her generalizations and egotism were too much.
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To be honest, because she's very privileged through her good education and opportunity to live in Paris, she could have made the story much more appealing to the readers by transforming the bragging into some humorous self- I found it poorly written and self-congratulatory and was annoyed with this book the entire time.
To be honest, because she's very privileged through her good education and opportunity to live in Paris, she could have made the story much more appealing to the readers by transforming the bragging into some humorous self-deprecation. Instead, sadly she comes across as an elitist who takes herself too seriously. Apr 09, Delilah rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites-reads. I enjoyed her story about how she ended up in Paris. Paris is a love affair on it's own I read this book 2 months before making my first trip out to Paris and was able to pop into some of her hang outs and walk the neighborhoods she described.
It was a nice, cozy read!
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Highly recommend! Mar 22, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: read-again. This book was so much more than I was expecting! The writing was surprisingly quirky and witty; the recipes well thought out and incorporated into the story. Will read again! Feb 22, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book in three sittings over thecourse of two days. If it wasn't for bookclub, I would have put it down before making it through the first chapter.
About half-way through, I thought it was going to be a three star book.
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Good, but a little too off color and more women's magazine material than the stuff I pass on to my friends. As I pushed my way through, I realized that I had to give it at least four stars. The way the book was still buzzing through my mind when I woke up this morning I read this book in three sittings over thecourse of two days. The way the book was still buzzing through my mind when I woke up this morning left me with one solitary thought, namely, that this book deserves five stars.
It's a book I'm going to pass around. It's sure to be one of the titles I rave about all year long and include in my top ten round up when we get to December. From the first sentence, you'll understand what I mean about this book being off color. It's not graphic. It doesn't show up on every single page or set the tone of the story.
The thing is, this book is a brutally honest account of real life. Bard wrote it out and seems to have held nothing back. She quotes people honestly. She shares her worries, her fears, her hopes, her sucesses, her memories, and her truest feelings about herself and the people around her. This story is the story of one woman struggling with the question we all find ourselves devestated by.
She makes big decisions. She is brave. She is scared. Somehow, love and support and Paris itself convince her to stick it out. She hangs on even when she isn't sure how much longer she possibly can.
She learned the lessons we all have to learn and she wrote about them after she made it through. As you're reading, you have no idea how it turns out or if it even works out. You read not knowing if she ran back to America or became her best version of a Parisian. You don't know how the struggles she faced affected her or her relationships with the people she is crazy about.
The book unfolds and with it, the questions running through your mind are answered. As she learned what would be, she wove the story in a way that allows you a similar experience. She didn't have the answers and she doesn't just give them. She had to squirm her way through it and she makes sure you do too. Honesty is literature always makes for a first rate book. Bard put everything into the pages of this memoir and while I'm not sure I would have been so brave, I admire her for it.
She may be Jewishish. She may have spent the better part of her adult life living in countries she was not familiar with. Her language and relationahips and decisions may have been far different from my own, but this woman's story reminded me of the whole purpose of being alive. That one way or another everything always works out. That what you've got to do is stick with it. Keep living, and loving, and cooking, and writing. Eventually it all adds up and you realize that you've made it.
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This is one woman's story of doing just that. Of making it even when she was she that she never would unless she turned back. If you're wondering how she made it or if she turned back or just exactly how things turned out, then you'll just have to pick this one up for yourself.
What I liked most about this memoir was the author's amusing and candid observations about herself and her life in France, including her relationship with her boyfriend, the food, and the culture. I also identified with her ongoing struggle to reconcile her idealistic vis 3.