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Cooking for Me and Sometimes You
A Parisienne Romance with Recipes

by Barbara-jo McIntosh
illustrations Bernie Lyon

“When I am despondent, I dream of Paris. When I am content, I dream of being in Paris, in love.” – Barbara-jo McIntosh

A single woman of ‘a certain age’, author Barbara-jo McIntosh invites the reader to join her in realizing a long-time dream of spending one month in Paris – living as a true Parisienne.

Barbara-jo opens her heart – and appetite, to all the city has to offer. She takes us along as she explores her little neighbourhood – a pocket of Paris offering a treasure trove of bistros, shops, markets and culinary haunts. She takes us to her favourite cafés and restaurants where we share in her delight, and the occasional letdowns. Then she whisks us home to her flat where she recreates her own variations of ‘tous les jours spéciaux’. As Barbara-jo shares her table with old friends and new, she rediscovers that cooking can be both celebration and solace.

The dishes Barbara-jo shares with us in Cooking for Me and Sometimes You are based on her own philosophy of ‘elegant sufficiency’. All are simple recipes prepared with little fuss and readily available ingredients.  Some of the recipes include:

Cauliflower Gratin
Omelette Soufflé
Steamed Halibut with Crab and Leeks
Beets and Tarragon with a Honey, Orange and Chive Dressing
Smoked Salmon with Frisée and a Mustard Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Sauce
Apple Armagnac Ice Cream
Poached Pears with Ginger and served with Coffee Cream and Crumbled Gingerbread Cookies

Cooking for Me and Sometimes You is elegantly ‘dressed’ in a chic linen jacket and features original drawings by Vancouver artist Bernie Lyon.


isbn 978-0-9866031-0-5    $28.00
linen bound cloth, 5.75 x 7.5, 136 pages
first edition June 2010, reprinted January 2011

Purchase Cooking for Me and Sometimes You here. Also available at select local bookstores. 
Bookstores and retailers in Canada please contact Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.


Barbara-jo McIntosh
1740 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1H6

Telephone  604-688-6755   Fax 604-688-6759