- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (1 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076792889X
- ISBN-13: 978-0767928892
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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“David Lebovitz is the greatest thing to happen to dessert since the spoon, but this time he shows that beyond his artful nose and flawless taste, he also has a keen reporter’s eye. If Paris intrigues, excites, or merely interests you, read this book.” —Mort Rosenblum, author of The Secret Life of the Seine, A Goose in Toulouse, Olives, and Chocolate: A Bittersweet Story of Dark and Light
“Cooks aren’t usually such good writers—so funny, skeptical, and observant. He’s a wonderful one. Also, I’m a fervent fan of his ice-cream book, so I can’t wait to cook my way through his other recipes.” —Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce
About the Author
DAVID LEBOVITZ has been a professional cook and baker for most of his life; he spent nearly thirteen years at Berkeley's Chez Panisse until he left the restaurant business in 1999 to write books. He is the author of six books, including My Paris Kitchen, The Perfect Scoop, and The Sweet Life in Paris. David has been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cook's Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times, and more. He moved to Paris in 2004 and turned davidlebovitz.com into one of the first phenomenally popular food and living blogs.See all Product description
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The book tells you of myths and truths that you'd probably heard of Parisians and by the end of it, your ill-informed, romanticist picture of Paris shatters and you might feel content living in Muradabad, dipping Parle-G in cutting chai.
Lebovitz throws in a generous amount of recipes in there and educates the reader of the Parisian way of life in a funny way, often anecdotally, laughing at himself. A nice, light read. Do try the recipes- they're really good! You could have a mug of super thick hot chocolate as Lebovitz suggests somewhere in there with a recipe.
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It took me a long time to read this book, not because of the writing, but because of the exceptional writing. The book is full of gems that you'll want to highlight, not to mention the numerous recipes that make me wish I had the physical book and not the Kindle version. To those who love to cook--especially desserts--get the hardcover book!
David writes straight out about what it's like for an American with a smattering of French language skills to pick up and move to France. He dove into the culture, the people, the place and made his own way. He admits to the mistakes he made and the corrective lessons the French were only too happy to provide.
If you think a relocation is in your future, I'd say to read this book and ponder what you'll really be up against--and the delightful gifts you'll receive.
Here's a quote from near the end of the book: "What helped was that I understand the food and tried my best to adapt to the culture, rather than trying to make the culture adapt to me. More important, though, I learned to take the time to get to know people, especially the vendors and merchants, who would patiently explain their wares to me."
He's all about learning and learning some more and waking up the next day to learn again. And there's a lesson we all need to cling to.
I purchased this book a few months before I went to Paris for the first time. I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect of it, having never read the author's blog. My, was I in for a pleasant surprise.
From the first page, he had me smiling, then chuckling, then throwing back my head and laughing, imagining his adventures through the city of lights. What I loved about this book was that it wasn't touristy-- it was genuinely the experience of someone who has lived there and discovered both the unexpected good and bad of a city that has become legend.
His descriptions are so lovely, vibrant, and colorful. I learned that "real butter" croissants are straight across, while butter substitutes are curved (and tried the real thing when I went to Paris-- thanks David!). His descriptions of the food, and the care and pride with which Parisians prepare and present their craft, are mesmerizing. Thanks to David I knew to say "Bonjour, Madame!" when I entered the famous Pierre Herme macaron Patisserie in Paris, as well as to say "Merci, Monsieur," when I left the bus. I found that just these little bits of Paris etiquette helped me enormously when I visited.
The recipes are amazingly delicious, and his commentary throughout makes it feel like you are sitting at the kitchen table with a trusted friend, rather than listening to a chef rattle off a recipe. I loved his observations about what you can do to troubleshoot, or even what to do to cover mistakes.
Overall, just a treasure. Rarely does a "celebrity" book live up to the hype. This one is going to live to be 100 ;) Thanks David for an inspiring book through which I intend to reread whenever I get homesick for my Paris vacation.