This week’s Miranda Loves post features two great reads I have lined up for the summer. I haven’t planned to go away this year, but these books are guaranteed to provide fabulous armchair travelling, at least!
I recently picked up Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard and became enthralled after the first few pages. The book is described as ‘part memoir, part chocolate-smudged family cookbook,’ and it describes Elizabeth Bard’s move to the French countryside and the start of family life, with various recipes thrown in along the way. Picnic in Provence is in fact a sequel to Lunch in Paris, which I didn’t realise, but have now ordered, as it too sounds utterly delightful, telling the story of Elizabeth’s meeting with a dashing Frenchman (now husband) and her exploits in getting to grips with French cooking.
Peking Picnic is a book I’m dying to read, having loved Illyrian Spring by the same author, which was republished by Daunt Books a few years ago. Now they have brought out Ann Bridge’s first novel, set in the bygone world of 1930s Peking and following the story of Laura Leroy, wife of a British attache, as she negotiates diplomatic society far away from home.
What’s on your summer reading list? Do you have any great recommendations?
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