May Reading Challenge Recap: Read a Cookbook

2016 Reading Challenge

This month we did something a little different for our challenge: we read a cookbook. The rules were flexible. Some of us read an actual cookbook, while some of us read a “foodie” memoir or a work of fiction with a food theme. Thankfully there are so many wonderful options to choose from.

My Pick:


I read “Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes” by Elizabeth Bard. In this delightful memoir, the author tells the story of how she fell in love with her boyfriend (rather easily) and the more tumultuous, ups-and-downs of falling in love with his hometown: Paris. Her stories were entertaining and fun, as she recounted the frustrations of language and culture barriers; the issues with being a tall, curvy woman in a world of size two women; navigating a small apartment with her boyfriend; a finicky butcher…but, of course, the delicious food saved the day every time. As Bard puts it, she was discovering Paris one meal at a time. Thankfully she filled the book with tons of recipes, everything from cocktails to fancy French cuisine. I flagged several recipes to try (hello, chocolate soufflé!). When I finished the book, I wasn’t sure if I should put it away in my bookshelf or in my kitchen with my cookbooks. I suspect it’ll bounce between the two in the upcoming weeks.

It was a fun read. In my opinion, it’s the perfect summer reading.

Her second book, “Picnic in Provence,” came out a few months ago and I’m adding it to my reading list. In it, she has a baby on the way and they’re moving to the French countryside. The initial reviews say it’s even better than “Lunch in Paris.”

Your Turn: Tell us about the cookbook you read in the comments below! Bonus points if you tried a recipe from the book!



4 thoughts on “May Reading Challenge Recap: Read a Cookbook

  1. I read “Garlic and Sapphires” by Ruth Reichl. My favorite parts of this book were the times that Ruth dressed up to be someone different.. I think that this statement from the book is the bottom line of this book – “Restaurants free us from mundane reality; that is part of their charm. When you walk through the door, you are entering neutral territory where you are free to be whoever you choose for the duration of the meal.”
    Also, I read Ruth Reichl’s fiction book “Delicious”. I actually enjoyed this one better. It was a fun summer read!


  2. I read Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate. I really enjoyed it. The author discusses his own journey in giving up the mass produced / poor quality things in life for the “artisanal, the organic, and the small-batch.” This includes food, drink, and our relationship with Jesus. He accurately points out that sometimes we have to acquire a taste for the real thing because we have so long survived on the artificial. Definitely worth a read.


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