Picnic in Provence

  • by Elizabeth Bard
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Bard
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence.
Ten years ago New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world's flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she's found her "forever place". But life has other plans.
On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript, and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move - lock, stock and Le Creuset - to the French countryside.
When the couple and their newborn son arrive in Provence, they discover a land of blue skies, lavender fields, and peaches that taste like sunshine. Seduced by the local ingredients, they begin a new adventure as culinary entrepreneurs, starting their own artisanal ice cream shop and experimenting with flavors like saffron, sheep's milk yogurt, and fruity olive oil.
Filled with enticing recipes for stuffed zucchini flowers, fig tart, and honey & thyme ice cream, Picnic in Provence is the story of everything that happens after the happily ever after: an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook's initiation into classic Provencal cuisine. With wit, humor, and a scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, Bard reminds us that life - in and out of the kitchen - is a rendezvous with the unexpected.


What the Critics Say

"Once again, Elizabeth Bard welcomes us into a fantasy - this time, family life in a charming old house in the south of France. With its sharing of stories and recipes, Picnic in Provence is a friendship that deepens with every page." (Suzan Colón, author of Cherries in Winter)
"Talk about the sweet life: Elizabeth Bard's new chapter is filled with love, parenthood, and her very own ice cream shop, and she graciously shares the journey with a salty swirl of intelligence and humor." )Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet)
"A journey to the true heart and soul of living 'la vie française'. Warm, thoughtful, and beautiful - a memoir to be savored one delicious chapter (and recipe) at a time. From truffle hunting to harvesting saffron, readers will discover that there is way more to France than just Paris. The simple things in life - love and cooking with love - make every struggle and adjustment worth it. Bon app!" (Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story

While I enjoyed this book, it reminded me a lot of Peter Mayle's work, which, given the setting and story line, is somewhat unavoidable.
The author's account of her childhood, including the difficulties of living with a mentally ill parent, and her personal struggle to parent her son gave the book a more serious tone.
Over all, a good book, I recommend it.
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- Anne

Beautifully written

Elizabeth Bard is a writer. She is not just a cookbook writer. She reminds me of M.K. Fisher in a way, except I found Elizabeth so much more engaging. (M.K. can be a little dreary but interesting.)

Elizabeth paints images with her words. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Her story is entertaining, loving and amusing.

She is funny, smart and thoughtful in what she shared with us about her everyday feelings. I look forward to buying the actual books so I can have the recipes, which sound wonderful. Her narration is perfect. I was so happy to find out it was really her.

Since I started with this book, I'm really pleased to know there is a previous book about their life. I'm just downloading it.

I think women especially, will love this book. It's about being a woman as well as a cook.

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- Christie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio