Do go and see Julie and Julia at the cinema. Good fun for girls. It ticked a lot of boxes for me: Paris, cooking, Meryl and screenwriter Norah Ephron (When Harry Met Sally etc), plus blogging and publishing.
I expect you've heard it's about a blogger who decided to cook 524 of Julia Child's Cordon Blue recipes in a year in her dreary flat in New York.
Meryl did a wonderful job as Julia Child, the famous American post-war housewife who boldly went to chef school in Paris and wrote Mastering the Art of French Cookery. And Amy Adams was charming as the modern blogger, Julie Powell. But don't take a man to this movie unless he is very interested in cookery. The male actors are just there to support the heroines with the occasional word of wisdom and adoration.
Later: I checked out Julie Powell's blog and saw she sometimes gets over 500 comments - phew. Seems I have a way to go. I also discovered that Julia Child was 6ft2 whereas Meryl is 5'6", but she manages to look tall, hale and very hearty throughout. Don't let the initial over-jolliness put you off, though. You soon warm to her.
Meanwhile, Tropical Connections has been well reviewed in the American journal Booklist: 'As in her previous books, Vereker expertly explores a world of tight-knit British expatriates as well as the hazards and joys of a single woman abroad.' If you would like to read the full review, it's on my other blog About Susie Vereker's books - see top right link.