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LOVE, FOOD & FRANCE: A Delicious Literary Series

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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Do you love to eat, talk and read all things about France?  Then this tasty literary series is for you!

Together with Words Worth Books, our NEW literary series explores three delicious and romantic novels with one common theme – France.  Participants will meet once a month to discuss, eat, explore themes and share their thoughts on the chosen literary selection all while eating a French-inspired meal.  Discussion will be lead by Sara Martin, and instructed meal prepared by Donna-Marie Pye from Relish Cooking Studio.  Price includes books, instructed meals and guided discussion.  All events take place at Relish Cooking Studio.   

DATES: January 15, February 19 and March 19, 2019 

January 15 | Mastering The Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

The memoir of a young diplomat’s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris—one dish at a time

When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. When her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post – alone, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down. Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by exploring the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths. Mastering the Art of French Eating is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about love—of food, family, and France.

February 19 | How To Make A French Family by Samantha Vervant

Floating on a cloud of newlywed bliss, Samantha couldn’t wait to move to France to begin her life with her new husband, Jean-Luc, and his kids. But almost from the momentthe plane touches down, Samantha realizes that there are a lot of things about her new home-including flea-ridden cats, grumpy teenagers, and language barriers-that she hadn’t counted on. Struggling to feel at home and wondering when exactly her French fairy tale is going to start, Samantha isn’t sure if she really has what it takes to make it in la belle France. But when a second chance at life and love is on the line, giving up isn’t an option. How to Make a French Family is the heartwarming and sometimes hilarious story of the culture clashes and faux pas tha , in the end, add up to one happy family.

March 19 |The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kieran

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on France’s Normandy coast, Emmanuelle is baking the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country. Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was powerless to help when Ezra was pulled from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers. But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them