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July 10, 2022

Paris in July


 I am always happy when it's time for Paris in July (hosted this year by Tamara and Deb).  I gathered up a list of books, started three of them over the long Fourth of July weekend, and then gave up on all of them. But that's not Paris' fault. C'est comme ca. And the fourth one was exactly what I had been hoping for.

I read and loved Gourmet for a long time,  All of the articles gathered in this book were from before the time when I was reading it, which was very appealing. My favorite pieces were an account of lunch with Alice B. Toklas and another of spending Christmas in Paris. (That one was written by Judith Jones, who I just learned -- in this wonderful book --  was the editor of  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.)  

I also read Cara Black's newest Aimee Leduc mystery, in which a friend of hers is injured, then implicated, in the bombing of a forensics laboratory.  I'm not as engaged with this series and its characters as I am with many others, but the books are always enjoyable, and they take you into different Parisian neighborhoods and the settings are always evoked so well.

Speaking of forensics, late in June I started watching Paris Murders (Profilage) on Prime VIdeo, because it was going away at the end of the month.  It's about a quirky group of police officers and a criminologist on their team, with a bizarre murder in each episode.  I enjoy watching things in French (with subtitles) to see how much of it I can understand, and I was only going to watch a couple of episodes, but then got caught up in the first season's cliffhanger and ended up ordering a free trial of the Masterpiece channel so I could find out what happened. :)  

 I have a couple of recipes bookmarked, and the book I'm reading (and enjoying) now is also food-oriented, so maybe that will by my theme. :)

 As always, merci beaucoup to Tamara and Deb for hosting this lovely event.


Karen K. said...

OK now I think I have to subscribe to Masterpiece streaming so I can watch Paris Murders, it sounds like absolutely my sort of show! I've been thinking about dropping Britbox since I rarely watch it, I think it's time for a change!

If you haven't watched them I also highly recommend Call My Agent! and Lupin, both great French TV series set in Paris and on Netflix.

Brona said...

Ohhh Warming Up Julia Child sounds delightful - thanks for the tip.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thank you for sharing these reviews! I'd like the collection of Ruth Reichl articles.

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