Lunch in Paris

A Delicious Love Story, with Recipes

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 4 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849531542

About the book

Has a meal ever changed your life? Part love story, part wine-splattered cookbook, Lunch in Paris is a deliciously tart, forthright and funny story of falling in love with a Frenchman and moving to the world’s most romantic city – not the Hollywood version, but the real Paris, a heady mix of blood sausage, pains aux chocolats and irregular verbs. From gutting her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen) to discovering the French version of Death by Chocolate, Elizabeth Bard finds that learning to cook and building a new life have a lot in common. Peppered with recipes, this mouth-watering love story is the perfect treat for anyone who has ever suspected that lunch in Paris could change their life.

About the author

Elizabeth Bard's first book, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, has been a New York Times and international bestseller and received the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA).


'So much more than simply a novel… A mouth-watering selection of recipes intersperses this entertaining story… allowing you to experience the gastronomic delights of the French capital as you read… Whether you're a hopeless romantic, a domestic goddess or somewhat lacking in the culinary skills department then Lunch in Paris is sure to provide food for thought for all tastes. This delectable delight is the perfect way to enjoy lunch in Paris if you can't be there yourself.'

French Property News

'Elizabeth Bard dishes up her cultural observations and reflections in and engaging, conversational style. Her relationship with her mother is particularly enjoyable and no doubt recognisable to many women… Though tinged with sadness, it's as warming as 'Moelleux au Chocolat 'Kitu''… a tasty book indeed!'

We Love This Book

'Escapism doesn't come much more delicious than this… ambrosial and uplifting… Lunch in Paris will go down a treat.'

France magazine

'I thought I had found paradise in a book and I was right!!! Terrific, I loved this book!'

Julie - Waterstone's Lancaster bookseller

'truly delicious… this delectable delight is the perfect way to enjoy lunch in Paris if you can't be there yourself.'

Living France

'What a treat this book is as a fan of French food and Paris. I thought I had found paradise in a book and I was right!!! A wonderful tale of life in Paris, falling in love with a Frenchman and learning how to cook in the city of love!! Terrific, I loved this book!!'

Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller

'this tantalising account… includes the recipes that helped her out.'

St Christopher's Inns Website

'This is a love story: for each other, for fine thinking and good living.'

Sainsbury's magazine

'an exhilarating, intoxicating adventure… her culinary journey charted by a selection of mouth-watering recipes.'

The Good Book Guide

'this is a truly insightful, intelligent and at times funny… peppered with luscious recipes… such a beautiful read.'