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From the Author
Food plays a more prominent role in Hello, My Love! than it does in the 19th-century romance novels (notably Pride and Prejudice, North and South) which inform the characterization, style, and plot of the novel.
In 19th-century England, when people did not yet have movies, television, theme parks, and such to entertain them, the main source for pleasant distraction and socializing with others were dinners and balls (where food, of course, was often served). So, the main protagonists of novels of the period often met, talked, flirted, and found themselves falling in love at a dinner or at a ball. But, as important as such convivial occasions are in P&P and N&S, not much is devoted to describing the meals that are served.
In Hello, My Love!, Elise, tired and sleepy, dumps her uneaten felafel on her coffee table next to a folder of paperwork she has brought home. The next day, Greg and Elise meet at dinner in an Indian restaurant where she orders a plate of tandoori lamb and a glass of mango lassi.
As in P&P and N&S, dinners and dinner parties figure in the development of "attachment" between Elise and Greg. At one dinner to which Greg receives a spur-of-the-moment invitation, Elise's mother serves a Moroccan tagine.
At a little village near Aix-en-Provence, they dine on roast and ratatouille baked in a 17th-century stone oven. The ratatouille is probably garnished with herbes de Provence. While many recipes exist for this quintessentially Provençalmix, the melange that gets the French government's assurance of quality, (Label Rouge) is quite precise: 26% savory, 26% oregano, 26% rosemary, 19% thyme, and 3% basil.
At the wedding celebration, the piece de resistance is a sucking pig, roasted for hours to yield crispy skin.
A few other scenes involve food and drink to help define mood or setting, as well as activity.
The saying, We are what we eat, is ofteninterpreted in physical health terms. In Hello, My Love!, the food (international flavors) and drink offer a glimpse into what kind of people the main characters are (open and exposed to thingsexotic or usually unfamiliar to Americans) and subtlysituate where the story happens (a cosmopolitan city).