“With colorful descriptions of travel and the conversational tone of a best friend, Beddard's story is full and satisfying."
— publisher's weekly
A memoir of love, life, and recipes from the woman who brought kale to the City of Light
The story of how one expat woman left her beloved behind when she moved to France-her beloved kale, that is. Unable to find le chou kale anywhere upon moving to the City of Light with her new husband, and despite not really speaking French, Kristen Beddard launched a crusade to single-handedly bring kale to the country of croissants and cheese. Infused with Kristen's recipes and some from French chefs, big and small (including Michelin star chef Alain Passard) Bonjour Kale is a humorous, heartfelt and inspiring memoir of how Kristen, kale, and France collide.
“As someone who roamed the streets and markets of Paris in search of the elusive kale, I (and many others) have Kristen to thank for revolutionizing the city for légume-lovers. Bonjour Kale is a charming tale of how she found her place in Paris, becoming a tireless advocate for the leafy-green that we all now know, and love... in abundance!"
— DAVID LEBOVITZ, AUTHOR MY PARIS KITCHEN
“Every time I spot a crate of kale in a store near me, I whisper a prayer of thanks to Kristen, patron saint of leafy greens in Paris. Beyond the culinary gratitude, hers is an inspiring tale of finding an identity and a purpose in a foreign city-one you are bound to relate to if you've ever sought a home away from home."
— clotilde dusouslier, author chocolate & zucchini
"I went to so many farmers and restaurants, showing them photos of kale,” Ms. Beddard said. “No one had any idea what I was talking about. One night I was out to dinner with my husband and I said, ‘What if I try to bring kale to Paris?’
Working from her apartment, she has created The Kale Project, a website that dutifully reports kale sightings. She has passionately pitched kale to chefs and vegetable farmers. I knew deep down that if I could get farmers to grow it, I could create a kale community in France."