Book Review: The Chocolatier and the Maitre Patissier by Sheryl Letzgus McGinniscategories: Book, Love, France, Chocolate, Neworleans, Paris, Patissier, Patisserie, Chocolatier, City of Light, Pastry Chef, Fates, Romance
Sheryl Letzgus McGinnisabout this book: The Chocolatier and the Maitre Patissier is a love story between Angelique, an American woman and a Frenchman. She lives in New Orleans and he lives in Paris. She travels to Paris to attend a top school where she learns how to be a maitre patissier (pastry chef). While in Paris she meets Philippe, a top chocolatier. They spend four glorious days and nights in The City of Light before she must return to New Orleans to open her own patisserie (pastry shop). They agree not to contact each other because there is no future for them. Angelique opens her bakery and names it after her lover. A year goes by and she cannot get him out of her mind. Does he feel the same? Will the Fates intervene and bring them together once again or will Angelique marry the new man in her life, Zack?
• What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book because of my love of the French language and New Orleans.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
My primary readers are women of any age who are in love with love and a good love story.
• How long did it take to write it?
It took me about 5 months to write the story.
• How did you come up with the title?
The title was easy since I already knew it would be about a pastry chef.
• Why did you choose this cover?
The book cover designer for my publishing company designed the cover with my approval.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was making sure I had all the French expressions and nuances correct.
• Did you do research for your book? What did that involve?
I am the Google queen and researched a lot by using Google and also drawing on my past experience with French lessons.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot about Paris and New Orleans by writing the book, much more than I already knew.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
I hope the readers will get a feel for true romance and the excitement of being young and in love and traveling the world.
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ScrumdiddlyumptiousWhen I first began reading The Chocolatier and the Maitre Patissier, I immediately thought of a pink greeting card I saw with a three dimensional cupcake on the outside with one simple word inside, "Indulge."
Thus began a couple of hours of wine and romancing the chocolates.
Did someone say, 'chocolate? ' Gosh, the story is set in Paris. I bet the French will love this one!
In a word, this story is fun. Fun is served up in a delectable dish of a waiter to die for.
If you like a fun romance, The Chocolatier and the Maitre Patissier, is for you, even if you just like to bake.
McGinnis baked the perfect concoction in this book, even mastering some French dialogue. The visionary romantic takes the reader from Paris to New Orleans without the jet lag and bumpy air pockets for two chance encounters. Can lightening strike again?
The Chocolatier and the Maitre Patissier is another of McGinnis' verbal artworks in an easy-to-read form and a pleasure to wander through as you see yourself in the story, whether you are into French culture or not. After all, it is about amour. French is not required but, nevertheless, oh, it is so… ooolala! [by Gloria J. Schramm]
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