When American food writer Rebekah Peppler moved to France in 2015, she wasn’t quite sold on the romantic ideal that lures most visitors. “Paris had always been in the back of my mind, not so much as this fantasy city but a place that I would have to live for my job at some point,” Peppler says. Several years after earning a pastry arts degree at New York’s erstwhile French Culinary Institute, Peppler journeyed to the City of Light in search of greater work opportunities. Since then life in Paris has burgeoned more than just her career. “France has taught me that food brings people together, but the connection happens whether there’s a meal on the table or not,” she says. 

Enamored with the intimacy of French hospitality, Peppler started hosting weekly dinner parties in her airy Montmartre apartment. These meals, and the menus she created, are central to her latest cookbook, À Table: Recipes for Cooking + Eating the French Way. “I was really interested in showing Paris as it is—it’s vibrant and beautiful and queer,” she says. 

Rebekah Peppler’s A Table: Recipes for Cooking and Eating the French Way$17.99 at Amazon

At its heart À Table is about curating memorable experiences to share with friends and lovers the way Parisians do. “Gathering became a magical routine. I’d go shopping in the morning at my marché, open up a bottle of wine at 5, and friends would arrive at 6. I always knew that on Sundays I would get to see the people I love. After eating we would go outside and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle.” 

Photograph by Joann Pai

Here are Peppler’s recipes for a full Parisian lunch, including buttery new potatoes covered in Mimolette cheese, fresh radish and herb salad accented with caramelized lemons, a juicy slow-cooked leg of lamb that’s sure to be the pièce de résistance, and more. “I feel grateful for the opportunity to show love the way that I do,” Peppler says, “which is by having people over and feeding them.

Entertain like Rebekah Peppler:

Chambéry CassisAromatic dry vermouth and rich, deep black currant liqueur make an auspicious pair.View RecipeMarinated Olives With CitrusThis fun, citrusy cocktail snack is for olive lovers only.View RecipeEggs RémouladeHard-boiled eggs in their cocktail-party attire (i.e., briny, herby mayonnaise).View RecipeFried Lemon and Radish SaladYou can—and you should!—eat fried slices of lemon in your salad. (Trust us.)View RecipeSeven-Hour Braised Leg of LambLow, slow, and steady win the race when it comes to this juicy, tender, wine-braised leg of lamb from À Table author Rebekah Peppler.View RecipeNew Potatoes With MimolettePotatoes covered in cheese is never a bad thing.View Recipe

Dine like Rebekah Peppler:

Marché Popincourt 

“The fruit stand at this farmers market is my favorite place to shop in the summer. When I buy melons, they always ask when I’ll be eating them (tonight, tomorrow, in three days?)—and pick one that’s ripe exactly when I need it to be.”

La Cave Verre Volé 

“I always pair a market run with a stop at this natural wine store for a bottle of Marie Rocher’s Emmenez-Moi or Julie Balagny’s O Bella Ciao. Le Verre Volé has multiple locations across the city, but I frequent La Cave on Rue Oberkampf.”


“Ordering a glass of something bubbly and a plate of thinly sliced finocchiona at this wine bar and ice cream shop is one of the top perks of living in Paris. I’ll inevitably head home with two to four bottles and a pint of pistache, huile d’olive, yaourt, or cannelle ice cream.”

Early June 

“Owners Camille and Victor have created a truly special space at this restaurant in the 10th arrondissement—the guest chefs are rotating; the produce and proteins are impeccably sourced; and the wine is always perfect.”

Sur Mer 

“This seafood spot is owned by an awesome woman, Olive Davoux. On date nights my partner and I like to stop in for oysters and a drink while we wait for a table to open up around the block at Early June.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *