The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious--And Perplexing--City

From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city and after a nearly two decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he finally moved toFrom the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city and after a nearly two decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he finally 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.Once you stop laughing, the 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 Creme Fraiche Cake, will have you running to the kitchen for your own taste of Parisian living.
The Sweet Life in Paris Delicious Adventures in the World s Most Glorious And Perplexing City From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen a deliciously funny offbeat and irreverent look at the city of lights cheese chocolate and other confections Like so many others D

  • Title: The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious--And Perplexing--City
  • Author: David Lebovitz
  • ISBN: 9780767928892
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. If you love Paris, you'll enjoy this book. If you hate Paris, you'll enjoy this book. If you've never been to Paris (c'est moi) and you're weary of hearing your Francophile friends gush about how absolutely everything French is better simply because it's French, you'll enjoy this book.

    2. This is a mildly amusing account of an American pastry chef's life in a tiny apartment in Paris. O.K. I laughed out loud a couple of times.However, for the most part the humour is a thin disguise for a great deal of whining. David Lebovitz whinges, amongst other things, about:The French language and language schoolsThe lack of manners of ParisiansThe hazards of navigating past fellow pedestrians The poor quality service or complete lack thereofStrikesSupermarketsCoffeeTo be fair, he is complimen [...]

    3. Annoying, a bit.Not my kind of book to begin with, but it was interesting enough for me to finish. Lebovitz has such an interesting way of describing his view of the Parisians. Very funny most of the time.I didn't read his recipes--they're not why I read the book in the first place--which made the book that much faster to read. He likes things like creme and milk and butter and sugar. I willing to bet his food is delicious and dangerous.But let's get down to the real point here: he needs to grow [...]

    4. Americans, writes the savvy author, don't get out much (Hawaii, the Caribe duz it) and arent good at adapting becos we're rarely in a position that requires this. How come the French in Paris don't speak Americanese? (Can you find an American in the US who speaks French? Gee, it aint fair izzit.) To visit a forn country, you better know the "rules" for the culture. (Americans hate this.) The SF author, a chef, moved to France, started chefing -- and here's a delightful tome on manners avec recip [...]

    5. The Sweet Life in Paris is the moving-and-starting-over story of Lebovitz’s venture into Parisian life. It’s a story we have heard many times before, of the trials of dealing with French bureaucracy, of figuring out how to get service in French stores, and of trying to fit into a world that secretly scorns everything that is not French. Yes, we have heard this story many times before, but it is a story we will never tire of, a story we want to read again and again, until maybe, one day, we t [...]

    6. In the book description the question posed was "When did he (the author) realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien?" The answer came to me after reading the first few chapters - when he started to COMPLAIN about everything. Just like Parisian, the author complains non-stop. Complaints about the service, the pedestrians, the coffee, the water, the small apartments On and on he goes. I was so disappointed in this book. I was expecting to be transported into the "Sweet Life in Paris" but instead [...]

    7. Très délicieux !After 12 years of working as a pastry chef at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, David Lebovitz moved to Paris, where he has now lived for several years. His book is an amusing and entertaining chronicle of becoming a Parisian — from getting along with other Parisians to finding the most delicious food, especially baked goodies, in the city. It means living in cramped quarters, being pushed and shoved in lines, dealing with grumpy sales clerks, learning how to dress, and what to d [...]

    8. Instead of April in Paris, I spent it in Vermont, savoring David Lebovitz's wonderful romp through the city. Following the death of his partner, Leibovitz makes the decision to move to Paris. Note, he was NOT running away, despite what many of his friends thought; instead it was an opportunity to “flip over the Etch A Sketch” of his life (I love that) and start over. A pastry chef at the lauded Chez Panisse for ten years and a well-known cookbook writer for several after that, he moved to th [...]

    9. Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: this book will make you hungry. It will make you hungry for hot, crunchy baguettes frisee salad with melting rounds of goat cheese and, of course, for chocolate. This book will make you especially hungry for chocolate. Case in point: I hardly ever drink hot cocoa. I generally find it to be too sweet and not my cup of tea. (See what I did there?) But after reading David Lebovitz's rhapsodizing about Parisian hot cocoa, I had two cups at lunch [...]

    10. I love David Lebovitz's blog and not a single of his recipes has failed me yet. His blog is davidlebovitz and I highly recommend it! I was kind of dreading his book because often times bloggers turn out to be terrible authors (shocking, I know!) and I didn't want enjoy his blog less for a lousy book. Happily, he was an author before he was a blogger and is a pro the whole way through.This book is part Jeffrey Steingarten, part Peter Mayle. He has a wry sense of humor about Parisians, a pleasant [...]

    11. This book hit me wrong when I first bought it. I had started in the the assumption that it was going to be something else. But, after having it sit for about a year I picked it up again as a bedside read as going to sleep filler. The short chapters with vignettes about David Lebovitz life in Paris as an ice cream maker and baker were fantastic reads. David's view of Paris is not fully in-line with the one I have had on my much sorter ventures there, but he uncovers a lot of gems and provides und [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this, but the author is a pastry chef, not a writer, so he got docked for some seriously so-so writing. The whole thing reads like the annotations in a good cookbook. Now, I personally like to read cookbooks cover to cover. That said, most other people don't. The book is an earnest and funny account of a pastry chef's life abroad and if it is a bit repetitive, the story is told with quite a bit of humor and some recipes that I'll be making this week (before the book goes back to [...]

    13. I first got to know David Lebovitz through his amazing recipes, so I subscribed to his blog and follow his posts with great interest. I eagerly expected this book, and now that I've read it, I must admit that it was a delicious experience. While nothing close to humble, he's not the typical arrogant American, and he's funny as hell. I never expected to laugh so much while reading a chef's memoir. His remarks about life in France, and Paris in particular, were insightful, informative, and I suppo [...]

    14. This was a light, funny, and quick account of a pastry chef who decided to move to Paris, without knowing the language or culture, after having lived in San Francisco for twenty years. It's often quite amusing and is ordered in chapters that focus on simple anecdotes. Each chapter is followed by at least one, but usually two or three, recipes, which all look VERY good. The book would have been much more interesting to me had it not consisted mainly of incessant complaining about Parisians. The w [...]

    15. * as fun as any sitcom joke on cultural stereotypes* makes a good present for a foodie and i'm not being sarcastic* bad puns

    16. In the past week, I've read two "fish out of water" memoirs: Lebovitz's and Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away, and "The Sweet Life in Paris" is by far the more entertaining, more earnest, and more introspective. (And significantly less curmudgeonly.) As a pastry chef, Lebovitz is not a professional writer, but his writing completely engrossed me, keeping me up far later than I should, and his tales of living in Paris amused this former (a [...]

    17. The Sweet Life in Paris reads more like a compiled series of expanded blog posts, combined with lots of recipes, than it does a sustained book. I don't know that that is necessarily a problem, 'cause it's still fun to read (especially for someone who once lived in Paris and just came back from another trip there). Here's how I see this book coming into being:David Levovitz's Agent (DLA): "David, you should really write a book about your experiences in Paris. You're so observant and funny!"David [...]

    18. One has to wonder why Lebowitz is so enthralled with Paris given that a good 85% of his book is complaining about the city and it's inhabitants. As an American expat to Europe myself, I certainly can identify with his frustration, but sometimes this book feels more like a rant than a memoir. With recipes. It definately feels like it was culled from a blog, which doesn't help the book. Lebowitz attributes a lot of things (rudeness, inability to walk properly, terrible grocery stores) as if they'r [...]

    19. While I appreciate this true, firsthand account of life in Paris, I didn't really care for the book overall. Some of the chapters were just fine, and I found myself laughing from time to time, but for the most part, the chapters felt long complaints. I'm sure that adjusting to life in a foreign county is difficult, but there have to be some good things about it, otherwise why would you stay? In this case, the good things are the food, and I did enjoy reading about all the fantastic fare Paris ha [...]

    20. I have read David Lebovitz's blog and various articles by him, but this is the first full book of his that I've ever read and it probably won't be my last. I purchased this as "research" for a recent trip to Paris. I thoroughly enjoyed his musings on the cultural differences an American living in Paris encounters and I can't wait to try some of the recipes which sound divine. At the end he even lists all of his favorite places/resources throughout the city from chocolate shops to bakeries. If yo [...]

    21. I was fully prepared to hear how fabulous life for a pastry chef could be in Paris. I was surprised, however, to learn that even for him, living in one of the world's most revered destinations can beallenging. I loved his humorous anecdotes that I could picture vividly. Many of the customs and faux pas he describes could easily be applied to Brazil, and living overseas made his tales not only funny, but totally relateable. And where he describes his visits back to the States, and comes to the co [...]

    22. This book incorporates two of my favorite things: humor and food. David Lebovitz's wry comparisons of life in Paris vs. life in just about any American city are giggle-out-loud-worthy, and his adventures in various patisseries, boulangeries, cafes and shops are generally captivating. In particular I got a kick out of the dig on overpriced E. Dehillerin, where my husband and/or I have shopped on every occasion we've been in Paris, to obtain yet another copper pot for our growing collection. Next [...]

    23. I really loved everything about this book, and apparently food memoirs are a genre I didn't really know existed. Lebovitz is entertaining and his take on the French and French culture had me rolling. Even better were his descriptions of food and RECIPES. I will be making his brownies and hot chocolate regularly. I borrowed this from the library, but I will definitely pick up a copy for keeps.

    24. Very enjoyable and entertaining memoir by chef David Lebovitz on his time in Paris following the death of his partner. Some of the recipes included in the book sound great (so far, I've only made the Mousse au Chocolat from it), but what i enjoyed most were the descriptions of his daily life and experiences, the snooty Parisiens and how the author went to great lengths to assimilate.

    25. I don't love this book because of the recipes. I love this book because of the wonderful anecdotes David Lebovitz tells between them. I adore the way he personifies Paris. It makes me want to simultaneously live there and run away screaming. This book was fantastic. I loved reading it.

    26. At one point, I thought, him & me, we can't be friends. No. Not when he expresses his distaste for thick, sticky hot chocolate. But my anger was quickly placated as I rifled through the pages & stumbled upon a good many number of recipes that demand hunks of chocolate. With a hilarious narrative and a keen eye in his arsenal, David Lebovitz shares a bunch of imploring recipes coupled with adventures and learning in the dream city. If you like to cook, this book is a chest of treasures. I [...]

    27. I worked a job with women who were all at least 30 years older than me. I heard this joke all the time: "I'm looking for a guy with a bulge in his pants. BUT IN THE BACK HAHAHA!!@!!!!" meaning his wallet. They were, by and large, nice ladies who dealt pretty gently with a frustrated dread-bag who cried at her desk and ate all the candy (me). Something about that joke made me want to desperately walk around, put my hand on someone's arm and softly say "am I alone?" That kind of joke is dumb. No b [...]

    28. Certain books demand an accompanying snack. This book called out for unlimited bowls of Salted Salli (those twee matchstick-shaped potato chips) followed by a just-adequately-melted chunk of Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk : Fruit & Nut.Ergo, any blame for the consequent kilos that settled on my hips can be placed squarely on the shoulders of David Lebovitz.The Sweet Life in Paris describes aforementioned chef (and master of wry observations), David Lebovitz' topsy-turvy stay in the enchanting and o [...]

    29. David Lebovitz is rightly renowned for his dessert cookbooks--just ask anyone who's tried the chocolate/guinness ice cream I make following his instructions. And as his blog makes clear, he's an engaging, affable narrator. But until I read The Sweet Life in Paris, I hadn't realized quite how laugh-out-loud funny he is.Ten years ago or so, Lebovitz was leading a happy existence in San Francisco, following a long stint as a Chez Panisse pastry chef with a series of acclaimed cookbooks. Then his bo [...]

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