The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant
French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From a young age she was taught to cook by her grandmother, a French culinary icon who helped Sophie rise to the top of the foodie scene. But when Sophie is sabotaged by a fellow chef, her dream goes up in flames: she is fired and her reputation is left in ruins. To add icing to the cake, she learns that her beloved grandmother has suffered a stroke.
Sophie books a flight back to France faster than you can say au revoir. In her grandmother’s absence, it’s up to Sophie to lead the kitchen at her family’s countryside luxury chateau. A visit to the chateau is also a trip down memory lane, complete with familiar sights and tastes—and even some characters from her past, particularly an old flame. It’s here that Sophie learns to rebuild herself and her career, and where she discovers that returning to her culinary roots may just be the recipe she needs to heal her mind and heart.
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Meet Samantha Verant
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. Over the years, she’s visited many different countries, lived in many places, and worked many jobs— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her. Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for: a passion for the written word and true love. Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France, where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met over twenty years ago, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to one ridiculously adorable Charteux cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées, tasting wine in American-sized glasses, or embracing her inner Julia Child while deliberating what constitutes the perfect boeuf bourguignon, Samantha is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.