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review 2016-07-24 17:40
Inspiring Memoir with Recipes
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard

 Fantastic timing I started this along with the Tour de France 2016. I made the recipes, absorbed the advice, laughed with her misadventures while watching the bikes travel through France.

This book is more than just a memoir. It is a journey of self discovery, enjoying life , simplifying and finding the career that fits. This is also a cookbook, filled with tasty recipes, filled with fresh whole ingredients, seasonal and healthy. There are some very important life lessons learned, simple common sense no voodoo magic or doctor visits necessary. Honest, eyeopening and educational.

 

When a city girl from New York, marries a frenchman and moves overseas her life is already altered to the extreme. While on a historical  hunting adventure through France they stumble onto a town that will alter their lives in a massive way. They buy an old home, previously lived in by a French poet, her husband admires, they get pregnant, change career plans and directions, and she learns to function as local, slowly and sometimes painfully.

 

Her moments with the French government, child care, child birth and attitude of raising children is eyeopening. They seem to have such a better grasp on the humanity of bringing children into the world and the woman's needs. The governmental laid back attitude is a hard adjustment for her, as it would be for any of us who are always rushed to finish, get ahead, to get their first.

 

I found some of the lessons she learned useful in my own life. Her happiness in infectious! A slight adjustment in my attitude has made a nice change. I have one phrase stuck in my head that came from a man who commented when she broke the unwritten rule of eating while on the go "Watch your kilos" The diet/meal schedule was simple. I gave it a go for 3 weeks, my family loved the large lunches, the soups and fresh breads for dinner, the fresh fruit desserts and didn't miss snacking at all.

 

I am going out to get her other book Lunch in Paris this week.

Thank you Goodreads for offering this in your giveaway that I won. :D

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text 2016-07-23 23:26
Reading progress update: I've read 384 out of 384 pages.
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard

Review to come, the Tour de France , and cooking these recipes, have been occupying my days.

Short note- I LOVED <3 it

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text 2016-07-19 17:15
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 384 pages.
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard

The quiet diet "How I eat is nobodies business but mine" Wonderful plan I'm sick of hearing about everyone newest amazing food philosophies. There is nothing wrong with hunger, it's lets us know we are doing it right and it's time to eat. It took me too many years to understand this

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text 2016-07-17 18:50
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 384 pages.
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard

This author writes so clear and honest, her words are soothing. I feel like i'm on a picnic just reading of her adventure. I have 4 recipes picked out for my birthday, her tahini sauce, dark chocolate moose, bean salad with peppers, and an eggplant rosemary caponata. I have found a "my happy place" author.

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review 2015-06-14 22:13
Coffee and Romance what else Could You Want ?
French Roast (Dare Valley) - Ava Miles

Fantastic audiobook, the narrator nailed the voices and emotions perfectly. I won this not knowing this author's previous work but wanted to give her a try. I loved her pacing, characters and style. This was a perfect second chance read for the hot days of summer.
Romance, Coffee and Steam

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