In 2008, Isabelle—a self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star—appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle’s already full lap.
Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret “glass ceiling club” whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give—and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues’ hands to themselves.
From Maureen Sherry, a prize winning writer, a former Managing Director on Wall Street (who never signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left), Opening Belle takes readers into the adrenaline-fueled chaos of a Wall Street trading desk, the lavish parties, the lunch-time rendezvous, and ultimately into the heart of a woman who finds it easier to cook up millions at work than dinner at home.
A delightful collection of small, French-inspired bites. Le Petit Paris contains countless recipes for the best French finger food this side of Paris. Nathalie Benezet combines two of her favorite things—snacking and original French cuisine—in this charming collection of small bites, perfect to whip up for any occasion. The inspired recipes come straight from the streets of Paris and from Nathalie’s family kitchen in the Auvergne region of the south of France. Le Petit Paris shares simple and easy-to-follow recipes for both savory and sweet nibbles. Magnificently tempting savory snacks include a bite-sized version of the much-loved Croque Monsieur made from Nathalie’s family recipe, as well as other French favorites in cute mini form, such as baby quiches and pâtés. For those with a penchant for French sweets, Nathalie shares her tried-and-tested Parisian macarons and classic pastries and cakes such as mini croissants, financiers, and profiteroles. Traditional French recipes are also given a modern twist across both savory and sweet snacks—impress your friends with Scallop Toast, Foie Gras Burgers, Champagne Granite and Strawberries, and Nathalie’s signature Melting Chocolate Cake—all in an adorable petite size! These snacks are the perfect accompaniment to a lazy morning in bed, an afternoon of tea and chit chat, or an evening of cocktails and antics. With a fun, whimsical design and an inspired selection of recipes, Le Petit Paris turns snacking into a delicate art form. It is a cookbook containing all things tasty and French.
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