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Paris, Part Time

Paris, Part Time

by Lisa Baker Morgan


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In 2008, Lisa Baker Morgan, a thirty-eight-year-old, newly divorced mother, unexpectedly found herself staring down death in a Monaco hospital, nine time zones away from her two young daughters in Los Angeles. After facing mortality and surviving, her life took on a sense of urgency to experience and accomplish all of the things she had ever wanted for herself and her daughters. Top of her list: a life-long desire to live in Paris. The seemingly indulgent and even “crazy” aspiration was part of a journey that set her on the path of recovery of health and of spirit. Paris, Part Time is a different kind of love story — it is an adventurous evolution of self-creation and determination to overcome obstacles and time zones that will take the reader to the streets, cuisine, culture, and matchless beauty of France. From lessons of impermanence to finding the joie de vivre, Paris, Part Time showcases the vulnerability and strength of the human spirit and motherhood, and our desire to transcend setbacks and live our best life, however we define it, whatever our circumstances. Relatable in sentiment, heart-felt, and humorous, Paris, Part Time bounds with the optimism of infinite possibility and gratitude for life itself. Twenty-five recipes and over forty pages of photographs reflecting the author’s journey and experiences in France are included.

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ISBN-13: 9780984744336
Publisher: Ciao Yummy!
Publication date: 05/16/2020
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 600,236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

LISA BAKER MORGAN graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in English Literature. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School and her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Morgan is the co-author of Homegrown Herb Garden (Quarry, 2014) and the author of Simple Pleasures: fifty-two weeks of turning ordinary ingredients into extraordinary moments (ciao yummy!, 2012). For many years, Morgan authored a travel and food blog,, and has written numerous guest articles for food websites and blogs. She was featured in The Mothers of Reinvention (Vanguard Press, 2012) as a mother who faced change in a positive way. In addition to her writing and cooking endeavors, Morgan has taken on humanitarian and philanthropic causes in the United States and internationally, including advocacy on behalf of adults and children who have endured childhood sexual assault and trauma. She divides her time between Paris and Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


Author's Note


Chapter One: The Paper Crown -1

Chapter Two: Small-Town Roots; City of Light -29

Chapter Three: What the Hell -35


Chapter Four: Paris Is My Hometown, Too -49

Chapter Five: Marathon Weekend -57

Chapter Six: Joie de Vivre -66

Chapter Seven: The Desire to Cook a Coyote -80

Chapter Eight: All That Green -86

Chapter Nine: The Leads, the Dead Ends, the Cat Lady, and a Date -107

Chapter Ten: Places to Go; Tripe to See -123

Chapter Eeleven: Coup de Foudre -129

Chapter Twelve : Sauter Dans la Poêle et Prendre un Risque -136

Chapter Thirteen: Pip Pip Cheerio and Oh là là -149

Chapter Fourteen: Les Grandes Vacances -155

Chapter Fifteen: Early Mornings, Late Nights,and a Few Fires -164

Chapter Sixteen: There Is No Place Like Home -171


Chapter Seventeen: You Cannot Make an Omelette Without Breaking Some Eggs -205

Chapter Eighteen: Anything Is Possible -241

Chapter Nineteen: Quarante Cocottes -259

Chapter Twenty: Cœur d'Artichaut -279

Chapter Twenty-one: Too Many Cooks in My Kitchen -285

Chapter Twenty-two: Packages, Presidents, and Princes -301

Chapter Twenty-three: Ouf! -316

Chapter Twenty-four: Tellement Magnifique! -329

Chapter Ttwenty-five: The Other Side -337

Chapter Twenty-six: The Gift of Movement and the Speed of Life -355


Chapter Twenty-seven: Le Paradis -377

Chapter Twenty-eight: La Rentrée -385

Un Peu Plus -393


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