Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Ingredients of Love

The Ingredients of Love

A Novel

Nicolas Barreau

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

A charming restaurant

A book and its mysterious author

A little secret

A romantic meeting

Paris and all its magic . . .

Cyrano de Bergerac meets Chocolat and Amélie in this intelligent, charming, and entertaining publishing sensation from Europe.
While in the midst of a breakup-induced depression, Aurélie Bredin, a beautiful Parisian restaurateur, discovers an astonishing novel in a quaint bookshop on the Ile Saint-Louis. Inexplicably, her restaurant and Aurélie herself are featured in its pages. After reading the whole book in one night, she realizes it has saved her life—and she wishes more than anything to meet its author. Aurélie's attempts to contact the attractive but shy English author through his French publishers are blocked by the company's gruff chief editor, André, who only with great reluctance forwards Aurélie's enthusiastic letter. But Aurélie refuses to give up. One day, a response from the reclusive author actually lands in her mailbox, but the encounter that eventually takes place is completely different from what she had ever imagined. . . . Filled with books, recipes, and characters that leap off the page, The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau is a tribute to the City of Light.



Last year in November a book saved my life. I know that sounds very unlikely now. Many of you may feel I'm exaggerating—or even being melodramatic—when I say so. But that's exactly how it was.
It wasn't that someone had...


Praise for The Ingredients of Love

“These are The Ingredients of Love: a delightful heroine, a mysterious hero, romance, Paris, and beaucoup de charme!” —Ellen Sussman, New York Times bestselling author of French Lessons

“I loved every moment of being transported to Paris in this charming, disarming novel about matters of the heart. A gem of a novel, sparkling with surprises.” —Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School and See Jane Date

“A frothy exposé of the perils of book packaging, seasoned with a soupcon of culinary courtship…Lovers of Paris and voyeurs of the French publishing scene will find much to relish.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Nicolas Barreau

Nicolas Barreau was born in Paris, the son of a French father and a German mother. He studied romance languages and literature at the Sorbonne and worked in a bookshop on the Rive Gauche in Paris. He is also the author of One Evening in Paris, The Woman of My Dreams, and You'll Find Me at the End of the World.

Nicolas Barreau

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St. Martin's Griffin

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