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Fun and quite informative book.
If I ever considered moving to Paris, I definitely abandoned that idea now :)
This is a lovely book. It gives a charming account of an American pastry chef living in Paris. While he discusses the beauty of Paris, he also discusses the day to day life of a Parisian. There were a lot of details I wouldn't have known; shower curtains aren't as common in France, banks don't always have change, and ordering cafe au lait in a restaurant is incorrect. Each chapter also includes recipes, but they all seemed far too ambitious for a bad cook like me!
Oh my God, I am in love with this book! So funny and cleverly written... I laughed out loud every few minutes and learned a lot about Parisians. The author is a genius.
I read this book for two reasons. One, I enjoy travel/living the life books, and two, I love cookbooks. This was both all wrapped up in a very chatty style. I got some good tips for getting along in Paris, especially the distinction between cafe au lait and cafe creme - the first is only served at breakfast at home with people who slept in the same home as you, and the second is what you order if you want cream. Apparently if you order just cafe, you get an expresso (sort of like espresso but not as good). The recipes are also interesting and doable by you or me. This is a good book to be reading if you are a stop and starter kind of reader because each very little chapter is a contained unit. Just like little nibbles.
Particularly good read if you are planning a vist to Paris and seeking some insight to local culture and behavior. Lebovitz no doubt has high culinary standards so his recommendations should be very reliable. The author's manner is sweet and humorous and his story of reinventing his life is inspiring. Recipes look great!
a good book to dip into, but cloying to read straight through
This is a hilarious and insightful look into the life of an American transplant. David is a cookbook author who moves to Paris and discovers how to live life as a true Parisian. It will make you laugh out loud...several times.
A quick, delightful read about Parisians and their quirks. There are some delicious looking recipes as well that I can't wait to try.
I'm adding this to my list of favorite food writing memoirs. Lebovitz describes Parisians as some of the most arrogant, inconsiderate, obnoxious people in the world, yet he chooses to live among them and even to emulate them! For all their infuriating quirks, Lebovitz still loves his adopted home and its inhabitants.
What a wonderful book! David L is witty and sarcastic at the same time and I love it. I love the photos and receipes he has included.
After I returned the book to the library, I bought a copy to own.
One of the things I liked best about this book is that David Lebovitz is a realist. As an American, he doesn't present his home culture as being superior to the rest of the world in all ways. As an American living in Paris, he doesn't have a dreamy, romantic view of that city either. He's a resident, not a tourist, and describes the ups and downs of living in Paris with great humour. Interesting recipes, too.
ecellent book on Paris with the added bonus of some tasy reciepts on French cooking.
Very delicious memoir. Makes me hungry and inspired reading all of David's recipes!