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The sweet life in Paris

Author: David Leibovitz

Language: English

Summary: Paris might seem like the greatest city in the world, but there’s a lot to learn if you truly want to fit in. David Lebovitz, an admirer of Paris for many years, came to learn this firsthand when he finally moved there. He discovered a lot about the city, from how important it is to dress up to take out the garbage, to the various social mores regarding men’s footwear, to how one is supposed to eat a cheese plate (apparently not willy-nilly, like some of us might think). Through his writing and recipes, you’ll discover Paris as you’ve never seen it before (though you may remain mystified as to why cartoon characters on men’s socks are particularly Parisian). – Source: Book Prescriptions

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The language of Baklava: a memoir

Author: Diana Abu-Jaber

Language: English

Summary: Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together delicious food memories that illuminate the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian. Here are stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father and tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, paint a loving and complex portrait of Diana’s impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food.. – Source: Amazon.com

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Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes

Author: Kristen Beddard

Language: English

Summary: The story of how one expat woman left her beloved behind when she moved to France-her beloved kale, that is. Unable to find le chou kale anywhere upon moving to the City of Light with her new husband, and despite not really speaking French, Kristen Beddard launched a crusade to single-handedly bring kale to the country of croissants and cheese. Infused with Kristen’s recipes and some from French chefs, big and small (including Michelin star chef Alain Passard) Bonjour Kale is a humorous, heartfelt memoir of how Kristen, kale, and France collide. – Source: Amazon.com

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Only in Naples: lessons in food and famiglia from my Italian mother-in-law

Author: Katherine Wilson

Language: English

Summary: Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad. Thanks to a surprising romance—and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love—a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean. Source: Amazon.com

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Under the Tuscan sun: at home in Italy

Author: Frances Mayes

Language: English

Summary: Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion. Source: Amazon.com

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