September Meeting - Lunch in Paris, by Elizabeth Bard

 

To Americans, Paris is a highly romanticized city. The winding cobblestone streets, the lilting language, the open-air markets and historical sites—many feel drawn to such an ancient and beautiful place. But vacationing in Paris or studying abroad in its universities is an altogether different experience from uprooting one's American life and moving to France for the foreseeable future. American journalist Elizabeth Bard did just that, in pursuit of love and a fresh start in her career. She recounts the surprising difficulties, and many joys, of moving to France in Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes.

 Here's a link to this review of the book: http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/06/serious-reads-lunch-in-paris-by-elizabeth-bard-review.html


Happy reading and bon apetit! Diane

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Scott for hosting. The sourdough starter is bubbling along nicely. Thank you Diane for putting the meetup group together. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Looking forward to the next one! :)

    September 16, 2013

  • Erika

    It was a fun evening--too bad there wasn't enough food.
    Thanks for being a marvelous host, Scott. Chocolate cake on the spot! We couldn't have asked for more.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for coming to my house, and inspiring me make a last minute Chocolate Lovers Cake (even if Meg said it over the top, and we were supposed to be winding down). The conversation was good, and the food was even better!

    September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      September 15, 2013

    • Diane

      Thanks for hosting, Scott! I had a great time!

      September 15, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    I was asked to post the recipe for vichyssoise. It is on the discussion page if you are interested.

    September 15, 2013

    • Diane

      Meg, I don't see it.

      September 15, 2013

  • Diane

    We had a very nice evening! (We were sadly missing the chocolate souffle, so Scott made a chocolate cake on the spot, with chocolate sauce!) Fantastic food, great conversation.

    September 15, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Enjoyed the food and great conversation.

    September 15, 2013

  • Deb W.

    As always it was a great meeting. Good food, fun conversation, and a few mentions of the book.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    Folks, I am SO sorry to do this at the very last moment but I will not be making it this evening. Family matter.

    September 14, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    5:30 it is in front of Duffy's thanks a bunch

    September 14, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Hi Diane, Can you pick me up at Duffy Roll? Otherwise, I;ll try to work something out with Mark Thamks.Meg 303=[masked]

    September 13, 2013

    • Diane

      HI Meg, Yes, I can pick you up - how about 5:30?

      September 13, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi all,
    These are the dishes that everyone is bringing:
    Shirley – Chocolate soufflé
    Meg – Vichyssoise (and a bottle of wine)
    Nancy- Tabouleh
    Scott – Ratatouille and bread
    Diane – Honey-roasted pork ribs (and a bottle of white wine)
    Sonja – Goat cheese salad with figs
    Deb – Wild mushroom turnovers
    Erika – Are you still planning to bring the anisette potatoes and green bean salad?
    Liz and Shannon, we have not heard from you yet.

    See you all tomorrow!

    September 13, 2013

    • Erika

      I'm making My Mother's Noodle Pudding! It's "like sweet lasagne" A real experiment. I'll also bring a bottle of organic red wine--another experiment, I don't know how it tastes. And no, they don't exactly go together, but we'll have the red wine with the meal and the noodles for dessert. It'll all be awesome! Everyone is making such great stuff! (And I really liked the book this time.)

      1 · September 13, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Hi Diane, Can you pick me up at Duffy Roll? Otherwise, I;ll try to work something out with Mark Thamks.Meg 303=[masked]

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unless previously claimed, I am bringing Mamy Simone's Tabouleh.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Erika

      I made that yesterday, just in case my potato/bean dish did not pan out. (I was confused and thought we were meeting yesterday.) I used pearled cous cous and it did not come out, because I precooked it, so there was too much liquid in the salad. It calls for medium cous cous. I did not find it at Safeway. Maybe at a specialty store? It is a very tasty recipe though!

      September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. I hope I found the right size couscous. It's in a box so I'll find out soon.

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you know Elizabeth and Gwendal opened an ice cream shop called Scaramouche? Let's go there for dessert!!! :0 Afterwards, we can dance on the tables to burn off the calories...

    http://www.elizabethbard.com/2013/08/sorry-for-trou-noir-folks-thats-french.html

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Diane

      We can do the fandango! (The word that comes to mind when I hear the word, "Scaramouche")­.

      1 · September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hmmm...sounds fun but I don't think Elizabeth would allow such large tables in her ice cream shop. I imagine them as too small for fandango. I suggest we take turns swinging from her chandeliers. :)

      September 13, 2013

  • Diane

    Did everyone get Scott's address in their email?

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm doing my test run of the Ratatouille today. I'll let you know what I think.

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Almond cookies, not almost cookies.

      September 9, 2013

    • Diane

      The bread sounds wonderful!

      September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Ratatouille is vegetarian. Just so folks are not surprised at the lack of meat in the main dish. Also my sister who is living with me until next summer will be here, as well as my girlfriend. I have plenty of chairs, so not to worry.

    September 11, 2013

    • Diane

      I'm bringing pork ribs, so no carnivores will be outraged! :-D

      September 11, 2013

  • Sonja H.

    I will make Goat Cheese Salad with Fresh Figs (Salad de Chevre Chaud aux Figues Fraiches) . . . minus the bread portion (smile).

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Hi everyone, I think I mentioned that I am preparing vichyssoise. Scott, would it helpful if I provided bowls? They will paperware. Not everyone owns soup bowls for a crowd. I will also try to remember to provide a bottle of wine. Scott, your thoughts were noted. We sometimes enjoy a glass of wine. To date, no one has danced on the tables or swung from a chandelier.

    September 8, 2013

    • Diane

      I LOVE vichyssoise!

      September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've got 8 ceramic bowls and 4 corning ware bowls. You can decide from there.

      September 9, 2013

  • Christian O.

    Wish I could make it -out of town.

    September 8, 2013

    • Diane

      I hope to see you at the October meeting!

      September 8, 2013

  • Erika

    Hi there, I'm bringing the anisette potatoes and green bean salad-no garlic, but serious red onions.

    Also, I missed the address to Scott's house. I suspect I inadvertently deleted the email. If someone has it, please send it to me asap. In the mean time, I'll go back and look for it.

    September 7, 2013

    • Diane

      I will send Scott's email to all attendees within a couple of days. See you Saturday!

      September 8, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi all,

    One week till our meeting! Please post what you are bringing, and remember, no garlic, please!

    I'm going to make a version of the honey-roasted pork ribs with rosemary.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you who have finished the book and want more:
    http://www.elizabethbard.com/

    Only a year and a half wait until the next one!

    August 31, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    yum...I'll be looking forward to those.

    August 29, 2013

  • Deb W.

    I just finished the book and I loved it. And I have to make the Wild Mushroom Turnovers. They sound wonderful!

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Diane

      I am really looking forward to those!

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Margaret, I appreciate your comments, now I REALLY want to try a souffle--I will try b4 the meeting and see how it turns out. (and then I will probably bring the cookies!) :)

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Diane

      I can't imagine a failed chocolate anything not tasting wonderful!

      August 25, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi all! Just a friendly reminder, these meetings really are for adults only. I know that no one asked to bring their kids, and I love kids (I have some of my own!) but I am just reminding people that we could conceivably use adult language, drink adult beverages, etc. so this is not really an appropriate family-type meetup.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll prepare a main dish, so others can plan accordingly. Volunteers for Appetizer, side dishes or desserts? THat way we won't end up with mostly desserts. That'd be rough ;-)

    August 19, 2013

    • Diane

      Sonja is allergic to garlic.

      August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will not be using garlic.

      August 25, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Hi Shirely,
    Please accept my appologies - it was not my intention to sound condecending. The experience of the new can be very rewarding. I remember, I used to (as a volunteer) coordinate teas for the Molly Brown House. I prepared the food alone and had help to serve. It was my ideal to serve angel food cake with berries and cream. It didn't work. I turned the angel into truffle in a beautiful cut glass bowl = cake fruit, cream and a little booze for fun. I still didn't give up on the angel, but sort forgot about it as the truffle worked very well. Anyway on try 8 (with a tea in 5 hours) I had the bowl, cream, fruit and booze ready. I could have been president of the surprised club when I pulled from the oven a perfect Angel Food Cake. Best wishes for your culinary adventure!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do not drink alcohol personally, but if you want to bring some for yourself I'm ok with that. I just ask that you take any left with you when you go.

    August 25, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    To the lady who bravely said she would try a souffle. Let me save you some disappontment. My longtime partner, Mark, trained at the Courdon Blue in Paris and knows souffles. They need a highly calibrated oven - you have about 3 minutes to get it out of the oven and in front of guests - it then begins to sink. Bring on the cookies!

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I

      August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The recipe calls it "Gwendal's quick and dirty chocolate soufflé cake". To quote Elizabeth Bard, "Call it a cake, soufflé, baked chocolate mousse- call it a chocolate omelette if you want- all I know is that it always does the trick." The trick being comfort food. This is an adventure. It does not have to be perfect. I say make the chocolate soufflé, and I have my professional stove you can bake it in.

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Diane,
    Did you get my email with the address?
    Scott

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to be a pooper, but I prefer you get a sitter as this is an adult book club. Maybe I am the only one who feels this way??

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A vegetarian side dish. :) Enjoying the author's sense of humor. Laugh out loud funny.

    August 23, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    I will bring vichyssoise. i will bring bowls (paper)

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to either attempt a chocolate souffle' or bring sugar cookies with blue & red frosting.

    2 · August 22, 2013

  • Shannon E.

    If you are the hostess what do you have to do? I haven't attended a meetup yet and don't know what the hostess has to do.

    June 4, 2013

    • Diane

      Hi Shannon, the hoInst will provide plates, cups, utensils, oven/fridge, and seating for about 10. And of course whatever dish and or drink you are making yourself. Scott is hosting September, another member has October, so please let me know if you would be interested in hosting November.

      August 11, 2013

    • Diane

      Host, not whatever word holnst was!

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    never mind, I found it.

    June 5, 2013

    • Diane

      Hi Scott, I added it to the description above. I'm glad you found it, but thanks for the reminder to post this info each time for those who haven't done it before!

      June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    let me ask this: How do I get to the poll? I'm not seeing it.

    June 5, 2013

  • Diane

    Lunch in Paris- a love story with recipes by Elizabeth Bard
    In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman - and never went home again. Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak's pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? Lunch in Paris is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs - one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Peppered with mouth-watering recipes for summer ratatouille, swordfish tartare, and molten chocolate cakes, Lunch in Paris is a story of falling in love, redefining success, and discovering what it truly means to be at home.

    June 3, 2013

    • Shannon E.

      The Paris one sounds good - I love a good love story!

      1 · June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They all sound good to me; perhaps we could do one each month...

      June 5, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    Since Paris is my favorite city I vote for that book. I can understand going to lunch and never coming home.

    1 · June 5, 2013

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