The Hotel Marcel Dining Club: By Invitation Only by Elizabeth Cooke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is my first time reading an Elizabeth Cooke book. It won't be the last. I enjoyed this book so much! It was like being transported to Paris for a vacation. We join Elizabeth for her stay at Hotel Marcel. This is not her first time there, (or the first book - I must read the others!), as she is greeted warmly by the staff. I loved getting to know the characters and feeling the charm of Paris. I have wanted to visit there since I was a child and had a pen pal from France. The story ends with a beautiful tribute to the spirit of Parisians; their resilience, their strength in the face of tragedy. I loved the line, " Paris Wakes Up and Smiles." I had to look up the song and listen to it. At the end of the book, recipes can be found. I love how they are connected to emotions. I love French cooking. I have tried making several French recipes but know they most likely fall short. The recipes included are not too difficult to follow though some may find them to be a bit of work. I think they are worth the work. I would recommend this book to lovers of France, especially Paris and to those with an interest in cooking.
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