June 2019 - Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, With Recipes

We are excited to announce the launch of our Lavender Hill Designs Book Club!

To start, we are going to explore all genres of books taking place in France and England. We plan to read books about real people who have moved to France and the challenges of integrating oneself into a totally different culture, historical fiction books and lighter, but still entertaining, fiction that takes place in either France and England -- and sometimes both! 

The first book will be a light and fun book called Lunch in Paris. 

I know some of you travel frequently to Europe and some of you are armchair travelers, but we hope that our book club will be an entertaining trip to our favorite cities, a place to engage in lively discussions and perhaps make some new friends! 

Drinks and snacks will be provided. So please plan to join us!

Here are the details: 
Where: Lavender Hill Designs
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm 
Book: 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. Packing her bags for a new life in the world's most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate soufflé), and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese--there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart.

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. In the delicious tradition of memoirs like A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, this book is the perfect treat for anyone who has dreamed that lunch in Paris could change their life.

We have 6 copies of the book in store if you'd like to get a hard copy, or it's available on Amazon, Kindle and at Barnes and Noble.

If you can't make a book club, that's fine. There's always next month! If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P. to info@lavenderhilldesigns.com or (843) 352-7042.

Remember…the secret to a well balanced life is a cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other!

Happy Reading!
~Tracey

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