“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


Chef Alain Passard and staff. © Damien Lafargue, The New York Times 2013.

Chef Alain Passard and staff. © Damien Lafargue, The New York Times 2013.

Hermione Boehrer. © Damien Lafargue, The New York Times 2013.

Hermione Boehrer. © Damien Lafargue, The New York Times 2013.

"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."
  — The New York Times, September 21, 2013

“Beddard's persistence is inspiring. Bonjour Kale reminds us not only to eat our greens but also to follow our dreams."

— book page

“A triumphant story of finding love, moving to Paris, and overcoming that one little French word: impossible. Beddard's tenacity on the trail to bringing kale to Paris is deliciously inspiring."

— amy thomas, author paris, my sweet


Water Tower Gimlet

Ingredients:
1/2 bunch kale
1/2-1 inch piece fresh ginger
1 1/2 shots lime juice
1 shot tequila
1/2 shot Grand Marnier
Agave syrup, to taste
1 handful cilantro
6 ice cubes

Preparation:
Juice the kale and ginger in a juicer. Measure out one shot of the juice. Pour the kale-ginger juice, lime juice, tequila, Grand Marnier, agave syrup and cilantro into a shaker with the ice. Shake vigorously. Pour and enjoy!

Yield: 1 drink

Marché Raspail. February 2013.

Marché Raspail. February 2013.

Bonjour Kale made me nostalgic for life in paris, with all its elegance and eccentricity. With warmth and wit, Beddard has written a charming story of perseverance and fresh produce!"

— ann mah, AUTHOR mastering the art of french eating

Au Passage. October 2012.

Au Passage. October 2012.

“Beddard's approachable voice is filled with passion and heart in a tale that goes well beyond that signature leafy green. Bonjour Kale has it all: love, loss, and hope, with wonderful recipes to extend the experience at home."

— lindsey tramuta, journalist and creator lost in cheeseland

Saint Lunaire, Brittany. November 2013.

Saint Lunaire, Brittany. November 2013.