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How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas Paperback – April 4, 2017
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"An honest, heartwarming-and at times-heartbreaking account of the struggles that occur when you dare to make your dreams come true." - Janice MacLeod, author of New York Times bestseller Paris Letters
"Love has no boundaries in Samantha Verant's honest and courageous memoir about leaving it all behind to marry her French husband. How to Make a French Family is a testament to her perseverance to adapt to a new life in Southwest France. In the tradition of Seven Letters from Paris, readers will laugh, cry, and cheer for Verant until the final page." - Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife
"A charming and insightful memoir about what follows happily ever after. The fact that Samantha's quest to create a new family is set in France (and filled with recipes) makes it all the more delicious!" - Jennifer Coburn, author of We'll Always Have Paris
"How To Make A French Family shares the ups and downs, good, bad and funny moments of building a new life and family in France, never letting us forget that in the end, love saves the day." - Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale
"Samantha Vérant dishes up a funny and tender memoir in How to Make a French Family. The setup is pure fairy tale but the tale's power is in the ever-after. Vérant's story is genuine, romantic, sometimes heartbreaking, and, in the end, as wonderfully satisfying and rich as the French cuisine detailed on its pages." - Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris
"Like its author, Samantha Verant's new book is sweet and sassy, told from the heart. Her story of creating a new family and becoming a different kind of mom is brave and vulnerable. A tale of what happens when we go looking for our best lives and best selves." - Elizabeth Bard, New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence
"Verant combines one part second chance at romance, on part travelogue, and nearly three dozen recipes in this heartfelt account of how she reconnected with a lover 20 years after their affair and started life over in France with an instant family. " - Publishers Weekly
"...charming and witty....Verant's memoir touches on universal, real-life themes, like love, loss, and family, while mixing in plenty of delicious French flavors (and actual recipes) that make for a tasty read that's true to the heart.
" - Booklist
About the Author
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. She lives in southwestern France, where she's able to explore all of her passions, and where she's married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989, but ignored for twenty years.
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In How To Make a French Family, Samantha tells us about her trials and tribulations as she dealt with culture shock when she moved from Los Angeles to rural France; the frustrations that came with having to learn a new language, dealing with immigration paperwork, being so far away from her family, becoming an instant stepmother (including to a moody teenager), making new friends on the other side of the world, and dealing with heartbreak within the confines of an otherwise happy life (spoiler alert: she had several miscarriages. And I'm not stating so here to ruin the story for you; but because it has happened to many women who might find solace and comfort reading about somebody else who've also experienced it).
The road to happiness is seldom a straight line. Sam shows us how she took each sudden turn and rocky patch with grace; and how, even when things got tough, being surrounded by love made everything better.
With this book, you will laugh out loud, you will cry, you will learn about southwestern France, and you will get a long list of amazing recipes. I highly recommend this book to any francophile, or to anyone who loves chick lit or memoirs; and definitely to anyone who loves to cook fancy dishes.
I would recommend that you read her first book because the cast of characters are in both books and you wouldn't become familiar with them if you skip Seven Letters from Paris. I have kept it handy because of the recipes, but it is not a recipe book perse.
She has a way of making you feel that you were standing there in the kitchen with them. Not an easy task to move to another country, learn to express yourself in a different language, take on 2 children in addition to an extended family plus learning the ins and outs of "how things are done". Sam let us go right along with her with nothing held back. I didn't want to reach the end of the book. Nice of her to share recipes with us as well!