Picnic in Provence

A Tale of Love in France, with Recipes

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 14 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781849537001

About the book

When Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up the spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris, they thought they had found their perfect home.
But life had other ideas. Falling in love with a quirky house full of history on a last romantic jaunt before the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move – lock, stock and Le Creuset – to the French countryside; a land of blue skies, lavender fields and peaches that taste like sunshine.
Part memoir, part chocolate-smudged family cookbook, Picnic in Provence is about everything that happens after the happily ever after, and reminds us that life, in and out of the kitchen, is a rendezvous with the unexpected.

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).


‘this is a perfect summer read’

Bristol Life

‘Engaging memoir is filled with the heady appeal of Provencal life’

The Good Book Guide

‘in this funny and insightful memoir that will make you want to up sticks to the south of France too’

Living France Magazine

‘Like the Provençal food and lifestyle it celebrates, Bard's book is one to be savored slowly and with care. Delectable reading.’

Kirkus Reviews

‘Her story’s personal yet universal and depicts Provencal life in all its sun-kissed simplicity. Highly recommended’

French Entree Magazine

‘Funny, sassy, and bittersweet: a heart-warming story with a delightful foodie twist. After all, who wouldn't want to run away, marry a Frenchman, and open an ‘adventurous ice cream’ store in a medieval Provençal village?’

Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything

‘I was entranced by Picnic in Provence from Elizabeth Bard’s very first encounter with spring asparagus in the French countryside. Her tale of delicious adventure left me drooling—and her sensitive thoughts on marriage and motherhood were like a heartfelt conversation with a true friend. A delightful book, filled with humor, heart, and the heady scent of lavender.’

Ann Mah, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating

‘I love Elizabeth’s brave funny forays into French life.’

Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce

‘A delicious journey through La Belle France… funny, insightful, wicked and wise, and the cherry on top are the delicious recipes.’

Jamie Cat Callan, author of French Women Don’t Sleep Alone

‘Once again, Elizabeth Bard welcomes us into a fantasy—this time, family life in a charming old house in the south of France. With its sharing of stories and recipes, Picnic in Provence is a friendship that deepens with every page.’

Suzan Colón, author of Cherries in Winter

‘With funny, sharp, and insightful writing, not to mention a collection of delectable recipes, Bard reminds us what is important and that nothing’s perfect.’

Michelle Gable, author of A Paris Apartment

‘A journey to the true heart and soul of living ‘la vie française.’ Warm, thoughtful, and beautiful––a memoir to be savored one delicious chapter (and recipe) at a time. From truffle hunting to harvesting saffron, readers will discover that there is way more to France than just Paris. The simple things in life—love and cooking with love—make every struggle and adjustment worth it. Bon app!’

Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris

‘Talk about the sweet life: Elizabeth Bard’s new chapter is filled with love, parenthood and her very own ice cream shop, and she graciously shares the journey with a salty swirl of intelligence and humor.’

Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet

‘This book takes delightful twists and turns. Not unlike the winding roads of Provence. Magnifique!’

Janice MacLeod, author of Paris Letters