Harriet Welty Rochefort is the author of 3 books about the French, "French Toast, "French Fried", and "Joie de Vivre".
A French-American dual national, Harriet traveled to France after her studies at the University of Michigan (B.A.) and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism (MSJ) - and never left.
She lives with her French husband, Philippe, in a garden apartment in the "far east" of Paris.
Her books reflect her fascination with the French and the cultural differences between the French and the Americans. Her first book, "French Toast", is a humorous account of what it's like to be an American in a French family, honing in on all the things she can't figure out, whether it's the French educational system (positive reinforcement is definitely not on the agenda) or how the French women manage to look so terrific with seemingly little effort. Her second book, "French Fried", describes the culinary capers of an American in Paris. She tells how, thanks to her French mother-in-law's tips, her cooking evolved from opening a can of peas to casually slinging out four-course meals as a matter of routine - in a tiny French kitchen. Along the way, she explores the wonderful world of French cuisine, touring cheese and wine cellars and lands a hard to come by invitation to a champagne tasting at the Ritz.
Her latest book, "Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French", investigates the French way of enjoying life. The French, she writes, revel in the moment and add style to small things; they enjoy more leisure time than most Americans can dream of - without an ounce of guilt, and their joie de vivre can come where you least expect it. For the French, it's better to have a chagrin d'amour than no amour at all. Ever wonder why the French look like they're shouting at each other? They are! That's because part of their joie de vivre is in disagreeing with each other. A day without discord is a sad day indeed.
In "Joie de Vivre", as in all her books about the French, Harriet writes from long experience, with good humor and genuine affection for the inhabitants of her adopted country.
Harriet has just completed her first novel. News on it will come in further updates.
Please visit Harriet at her website, www.harrietweltyrochefort.com, or on Facebook.