The French Ingredient: An In-Store Event with Jane Bertch

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We are delighted to host author Jane Bertch for a discussion featuring her new book, The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time, the inspiring and delicious memoir of an American woman who had the gall to open a cooking school in Paris--a true story of triumphing over French naysayers and falling in love with a city along the wayThe French Ingredient is the story of a young female entrepreneur building a life in a city and culture she grew to love. As she established her school, Jane learned how to charm, how to project confidence, and how to give it right back to rude waiters. Having finally made peace with the city she swore to never revisit, she now offers a love letter to France, and a master class in Parisian cooking--and living. Jane will be in conversation with her friend Karl Sorensen!

More About the Book: When Jane Bertch was eighteen, her mother took her on a graduation trip to Paris. Thrilled to use her high school French, Jane found her halting attempts greeted with withering condescension by every waiter and shopkeeper she encountered. At the end of the trip, she vowed she would never return. Yet a decade later she found herself back in Paris, transferred there by the American bank she worked for. She became fluent in the language and excelled in her new position. But she had a different dream: to start a cooking school for foreigners like her, who wanted to take a few classes in French cuisine in a friendly setting, then bring their new skills to their kitchens back home. Predictably, Jane faced the skeptical French--how dare an American banker start a cooking school in Paris?--as well as real-estate nightmares, and a long struggle to find and attract clients. Thanks to Jane's perseverance, La Cuisine Paris opened in 2009. Now the school is thriving, welcoming international visitors to come in and knead dough, whisk bechamel, whip meringue, and learn the care, precision, patience, and beauty involved in French cooking.

More About the Author: Jane Bertch has spent more than two decades living and working in Europe. In 2009, she started La Cuisine Paris, which has become the largest nonprofessional culinary school in France. She holds a BA in English, an MA in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and an executive MA from the French business school INSEAD. The French Ingredient is her first book.

Conversation partner Karl Sorensen, a long-time Chicago resident, is the founder of P.O.S.H.  Since its opening in 1997, this iconic boutique located in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago, quickly grew to become a "must-visit" shop for local Chicagoans and visitors alike. Making frequent trips to Europe in search of antiques, Karl and his team have curated a happy blend of French flea market finds, vintage hotel silver, as well as newly manufactured tabletop and home decor merchandise. 

Karl and Jane's shared love of flea markets, French food, and life in Paris brings them together often - whether it's visiting the markets in search of vintage treasure or the ingredients for the next delicious meal!

 

Event date: 

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time; A Memoir By Jane Bertch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593500422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books - April 9th, 2024

The inspiring and delicious memoir of an American woman who had the gall to open a cooking school in Paris—a true story of triumphing over French naysayers and falling in love with a city along the way