Lunch in Paris

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For this month’s book club I gladly picked another book set in my favourite city on earth: Paris. I was back in Paris last month in April so I couldn’t help but to make another selection set in the French capital, however I promise you the June selection will offer some variation (though my love affair with Paris is unrelenting and will never end).

Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris Book Review

I loved this book for many reasons (and I promise those reasons extend beyond the book being set in Paris and involving food… though I will admit they are the two key factors).

Earlier in the year I introduced WOW Book Clubbers to Paris Letters, a story that I immediately resonated with because a) I love Paris as much as the author and b) I too quit my job to travel and see where it took me. That was three years ago and today I’m still globe trotting on a daily basis.

Lunch in Paris draws many similarities as well as a handful of differences, but it would serve no real purpose to compare the two because, well, I love both books. Personally I favour Paris Letters, perhaps because I find the writer more of a romantic like me and perhaps because she spends more time writing about all of Paris’ intricacies, not just centring the book around food.

But preferences aside, I really enjoyed Lunch in Paris for a lighthearted plane read. I liked it enough to be currently reading the follow up by Elizabeth Beard, titled “Picnic in Provence”.

Although I haven’t yet tried any of the recipes from the book, I am intrigued by a few of them. Being a vegetarian I can’t say I’ll be trying all of them as many are meat based, however I’ll definitely be giving a couple of the desserts a go!

So, over to you!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. I’ll cut straight to it – did you enjoy this book? I’m interested to know so that you can help shape future WOW Book Club selections!

  2. Did you relate better to the author of Lunch in Paris or Paris Letters? Why?

  3. Would you drop everything and move to a new city for a romance?

  4. Do books set in Paris further your romance with the city like they do for me!?

Lunch in Paris

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    June 24, 2016

    A bit late for May, but I found this book at a school garage sale and considered it a sign : ) Though I haven’t read ‘Letters in Paris’, I thought this was a very relate-able read – especially the recipes, which I usually ignore in French books for being too complicated. However, Elizabeth weaves herself into these in such a cute way (including personal favorites or methods used by the book’s characters), I found myself looking forward to them at the end of each chapter.

    Cute is probably the word I’d use to define this book. It was light and sweet and included some solid personal revelations; but, like all French books, it mostly made me feel full. I fall in love with Paris each time I visit, but French books feel a bit too contrived for my tastes. . .



    June 19, 2016

    Hi Brooke,

    I also wanted to mention some books in a blogpost on my blog, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to show the book’s cover because I don’t have the rights. Is is legal to post a book, photographed by your own?
    Thanks in advance,


    Sonam Shingh

    June 9, 2016

    Nice Post and Good Work i’like your blog.



    June 6, 2016

    For me, the best books so far in this book club have been Tracks & Into the wild. Among the Paris themed books, I would still say Paris Letters was a more enjoyable experience than Lunch in Paris. Although, I can’t wait to try out the recipes mentioned in Lunch in Paris.
    Looking forward to the book selection for June.

  5. Brooke Saward

    June 5, 2016

    Hi Sarah, Sounds like we had the same thoughts on the book! Especially being vegetarian I didn’t find too many recipes I could try – I was really hoping for some more sweets!!!

    All in all I related better with Paris Letters too – glad I’m not the only one! 🙂 xx

  6. Brooke Saward

    June 5, 2016

    Thanks for the recommendation Grecel – I will definitely try and find it in the next book store I pop in to! xx



    June 5, 2016

    I bought the book, but didn’t have time in May to read it, as it was a very busy month for me. School is almost finished, so I’m going to read it in June. It will be nice to read a lighthearted story after all this studying. And I’m curious to which book will be your pick for June.


    Grecel Lopez

    June 4, 2016

    Hi Brooke – I can think of another book very similar to this called French Toast by Harriet Welty Rochefort. It’s about a girl from the Midwest (US) who moved to Paris and found love. It also tells her story about French Culture on marriage and their inexplicable passion for food as an art form.

  9. Brooke Saward

    June 1, 2016

    Definitely looking into that now!!! Thanks Nikki xxx

  10. Brooke Saward

    June 1, 2016

    Such a breath of fresh air to read your comment – exactly the same points I felt when reading!! xx


    Uganda Safaris

    May 31, 2016

    Sounds like a good read. Never been to Paris and now you’re making me want to go even more. I’m going to quit my job and get on with travel too……


    the adventurer

    May 31, 2016

    I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it, both the story and the recipes between each chapter =o) A great read before or after a trip to Paris


    Kate Wilson

    May 31, 2016

    Paris is one of my favourite places in the world so this is definitely a must read!


    Nikki Vargas

    May 31, 2016

    Hi Brooke,

    Love the WOW Book club! May I recommend What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristen Newman . Kristen is a comedy writer for various highly recognized shows and in this book she shares her travel tales in a candid, conversational and hilarious voice that reads more like you’re meeting her for coffee. The book is a quick, funny read and one I really enjoyed because being in my late twenties, it seems women face this real pressure to have kids and settle down; so it’s inspiring to read about a woman who took the path less traveled!





    May 31, 2016

    I really enjoyed this months book selection but I feel like I relate better to the romantic artist of Paris Letters. The author of Lunch in Paris is very self conscious of herself. I wanted her to care less about what everyone thought of her and enjoy Paris. Stop trying to be Parisian and just be in Paris!

    I would gladly move for love but seeing that I have already found the one maybe we can move somewhere together. Couples lunch in Paris!?!

    Books set in Paris always seem to deepen my love of the city. Though I’ve never been I feel like my heart stays in Paris even if only partly.

    Another great pick Brooke!


    Sara Strauss

    May 31, 2016

    Love the illustrated cover! This book sounds so so cute! I’ve been dying to go to Paris!



    May 31, 2016

    The cover of the book looks so inviting though. Like you just want to devour it straight away.



    May 31, 2016

    I skipped the recipe pages (I’m vegetarian and can barely cook to save myself) but I still enjoyed Lunch in Paris as it still has plenty to offer those looking for a novel rather than French cooking inspiration. I loved the French words and phrases in it too which took me back to my high school language lessons, and I desperately want to visit the French markets perused in the book (so yes my romance with Paris was furthered!)

    I also related better to the Paris Letters author though it’s hard to put my finger on why. Being swept away to a foreign city would be lovely! Especially in this lonely Wellington winter.



    May 31, 2016

    Interesting post! I’d like to read it 🙂

    Kenza from



    May 31, 2016

    Such a nice post


    Stefanie Ni

    May 31, 2016

    This book would be the greatest gift for a friend of mine! She loves Paris and the french cuisine over everything ♥

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