Picnic in Provence

A Memoir with Recipes
By Elizabeth Bard (Hardcover Book, 2015)
The bestselling author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence.

Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world's flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she's found her "forever place." But life has other plans.

On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.

When the couple and their newborn son arrive in Provence, they discover a land of blue skies, lavender fields and peaches that taste like sunshine. Seduced by the local ingredients, they begin a new adventure as culinary entrepreneurs, starting their own artisanal ice cream shop and experimenting with flavors like saffron, sheep's milk yogurt and fruity olive oil.

Filled with enticing recipes for stuffed zucchini flowers, fig tart and honey & thyme ice cream, Picnic in Provence is the story of everything that happens after the happily ever after: an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook's initiation into classic Provencal cuisine. With wit, humor and scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, Bard reminds us that life-in and out of the kitchen-is a rendez-vous with the unexpected.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316246163

    • On Sale Date: 04/07/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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The bestselling author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence.

Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world's flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she's found her "forever place." But life has other plans.

On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.

When the couple and their newborn son arrive in Provence, they discover a land of blue skies, lavender fields and peaches that taste like sunshine. Seduced by the local ingredients, they begin a new adventure as culinary entrepreneurs, starting their own artisanal ice cream shop and experimenting with flavors like saffron, sheep's milk yogurt and fruity olive oil.

Filled with enticing recipes for stuffed zucchini flowers, fig tart and honey & thyme ice cream, Picnic in Provence is the story of everything that happens after the happily ever after: an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook's initiation into classic Provencal cuisine. With wit, humor and scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, Bard reminds us that life-in and out of the kitchen-is a rendez-vous with the unexpected.

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author based in Provence, France. Her first book, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes has been a New York Times and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick, and the recipient of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA).
  • Mouthwatering praise for Lunch in Paris:

  • "A love story is always delightful, and one with recipes is also useful in the long run, part and parcel of a real French relationship." --Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce and L'Affaire

  • "Lunch in Paris has got it all: romance in full on the front burner with delicious French recipes for sustenance. Elizabeth Bard's voice is filled with lust and longing-it's Eat, Stay, Love with a side of spiced apricots." --Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine

  • "In this charming memoir, Bard searches for her new identity by balancing her love for two countries. She discovers the common denominator that will give her life meaning: food.... If you enjoyed the Julia Child romance that made the Julie & Julia film so entrancing, you'll love this voyage into the gastronomic soul of the French--complete with luscious recipes." --Carol Memmott, USA Today

  • "Gotta love a memoir that begins with: "I slept with my husband halfway through our first date." You'll stay hooked as Bard transforms from an American to a Parisian navigating markets and dealing with a mother-in-law who wears tiny bikinis." --Glamour

  • "[A] delicious story about falling in love--over food--in France." --Harper's Bazaar

  • "[A] frothy confection of a memoir." --Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times

  • "[S]mart, coquettish.... You could just buy this as a cookbook." --Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

  • "Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard, is a novel about an American woman who falls in love with her Breton husband over food--at the 19th century restaurant, Chartrier, in Paris--but with a twist: she includes recipes for classic French dishes, including baby cream puff shells, known as chouquettes. Perfect stuff for the long plane trip." --Gail Vida Hamburg, Huffington Post

  • "Bard's Parisian insights and savory recipes make a delightful union." --Don George, National Geographic Traveler

  • "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).

  • "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).

  • "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).

  • "This book takes delightful twists and turns. Not unlike the winding roads of Provence. Magnifique!" (Janice MacLeod, author of Paris Letters).

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Picnic in Provence
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN
  • Pages: 384
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316246163
  • On Sale Date: 04/07/2015
Picnic in Provence