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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious…

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most… (2009)

by David Lebovitz

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    Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Sweet Life and Paris to the Moon are similar perspectives on living in Paris. Sweet Life is a light, humourous take on the challenges of moving a new city, as seen mostly through food and food-related activities. It has a bit more of a travel-guide tone. Paris to the Moon tries to explore more in detail the peculiarities of Paris from an outsider's viewpoint, with wry commentary. It also has a bit of a wistful tone as many of the tales are of the author's son exploring the city. Both are very good starting points to understanding the French, giving the positives but also the many difficulties of adapting from American to Parisian culture.… (more)
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I read this as part of my renewed obsession with everything Paris, and because I love Lebovitz's blog. It was a quick and enjoyable read with lots of humorous anecdotes about life in the City of Light that sometimes had me laughing out loud. Less of a love letter and more of a therapeutic assessment of your love's good and bad qualities. The included recipes are mouth-watering, of course. ( )
  booklovercook | Feb 20, 2014 |
If you've ever visited Lebovitz's website, you know that he's an American who has made Paris his home and goes around the city eating the most incredible stuff. Oh, and he's also baker who spent over a decade in the kitchen of Chez Panisse, and has authored a couple ofl cookbooks.

In this one, he gives plenty of recipes, usually his own, but some that were given to him by friends, but the recipes are given at the end of the chapters. The bulk of the writing is about aspects of living in Paris, being an American in Paris and the characteristics of the typical Parisian. Nearly as funny as David Sedaris, Lebovitz describes dealing with the French health care system, attending a language school where he was screamed at for bad pronunciation, how to walk down a Paris street without being knocked down, and the impossiblilty of finding both water and a bathroom in the city.
This book contains recipes for chocolate chip cream puffs, a dense almost-flourless chocolate cake, a low-fat carmel apple tart and TWO versions of chocolate mousse. I want to try everything. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 15, 2014 |
I read this just a couple days before arriving in Paris, and was able to take advantage of many of the tidbits of advice on French manners (and French pastries. Of course). Lebovitz's humor isn't a perfect match for my own, and there were at least three copy-editing errors; nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read with some valuable guidance for those traveling to Paris (or moving there), and I'm looking forward to trying out some of the recipes included at the end of each chapter.
  JennyArch | Dec 25, 2013 |
This book really makes you feel like a Paris insider, plus it has some terrific recipes. I found it comforting that the French living outside of Paris feel the same way about City of Light residents as I did during my two brief visits there. A definite recommend for foodies, travel lovers, anyone considering a trip to see the Eiffel Tower, and Francophiles or anti-Francophiles. ( )
  dele2451 | Nov 4, 2013 |
Surprisingly funny! I like surprises. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
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Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.

But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.

From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that in Paris appearances and image mean everything.

The more than fifty original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar–Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha–Crème Fraîche Cake, will have readers running to the kitchen once they stop laughing.

The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

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David Lebovitz chronicles his life in Parisfrom the delicious to the ridiculous.

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