- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Teaser Tuesday -- What are You Reading?
Teaser Tuesday is described by its host Miz B over at Should be Reading as a "weekly bookish meme" open to anyone who enjoys peeping at other people's bookshelves.
The rules are simple:
--Grab your current read,
--open to a random page,
--share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page,
--be careful to not include a spoiler,
--share the title and author--and a very brief synopsis--so that other Tuesday Teaser participants can add the book to their TBR lists if your teaser piques their interest, and
--post your link in the comments on Miz B's webpage.
Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes
by Elizabeth Bard
"And then there was Paris--beautiful, slightly inaccessible Paris, like a girl who lures you close with her ruffles and her scent, then leaves you in the doorway, cold and alone with the barest hint of a good-night kiss. I felt like I was standing on the doorstep of a culture, and I wasn't sure if anyone was ever going to let me in. I couldn't just say yes to Gwendal. I had to say yes to Paris too." p. 109
Synopsis: American girl travels to Paris and meets a tap dancing PhD researcher in computer science. They share many lunches in Paris bistros and breakfast croissants in his chilly walkup flat. American girl soon discovers two passions--French cuisine and Gwendal. She moves to Paris and learns to navigate the open food markets and cook in Gwendal's cramped apartment. Gwendal asks her to marry him and proves he's serious by putting her name on the water bill--proof of legitimacy in Paris bureaucracy. Will the American girl accept the challenge and learn to live and love in the most romantic of cities?
About the "with Recipes" part of the book title. Each chapter concludes with a recipe for a French dish that was eaten as part of the story line. You too can try your cooking skills by making Gateau au Yaourt (Yogurt Cake), Soup a' l'Oignon Gratinee ("Better Than French" Onion Soup), or Riz au Lait au Calvados (Rice Pudding with Drunken Raisins).
Here's a photo of Elizabeth and Gwendal:
I'm thinking happy ending. . .
If you'd like to read a bit of Elizabeth's blog, here's the link: Lunch in Paris
(Photography credit: Cindi de Channes)