If you enjoy art and cooking from a historical perspective, Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray will make a great read.  Ondine is a young woman who lives and works at her parents’ bistro in Juan-les-Pins on France’s Cote d’Azur.  One day her parents have an unusual job for her.  This was in the days long before take-out food.  Ondine must bicycle to a villa each day to deliver lunch to an unknown Mr. Ruiz.  This begins a life changing summer for Ondine.  After she has learned that he is Pablo Picasso, she does some modeling for him.  Ondine eventually cooks the lunches for Picasso instead of just making her mother’s deliveries. The novel jumps from the summer of 1936 to a present day granddaughter of Ondine who hopes to locate a portrait that Picasso may have painted and given to her grandmother.  The lives and loves of three generations of women are blended in a historical sweep with a treasure hunt at the end.




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