The Sweet Life in Paris


Like o many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first isited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he transferre to Paris to start 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 ootwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard onl to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David 's story of how he ame to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

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

A les than sevent 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.

Anothe Sweet Life in Paris is th deliciously funny, upbea, and insightful look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.
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The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious City
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Published May 5th 2009 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2009

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his ook might ake you especially hungry for chocolate.

( See what I did there?) But after reading David Lebovitz 's rhapsodizing about Parisian hot cocoa, I had two cups at lunch that day.

David Lebovitz 's delicious writing will do that to you.Because oh, yes, the memoi is swee.

And knowing David Lebovitz 's work ( I have his ice cream book, Perfect Scoop) they are ll amazing.

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The of April in Paris, I spent it in Vermont, savoring David Lebovitz 's wonderful romp through the ity.

He is funny ( oh, we Americans are a sight in Paris), self-deprecating and honest at times ( how using the wrong word REALLY gets him in trouble), and lots of stories about the tow and country 's wonderful food and bee.

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Distraught by a painter who is taking to long to paint his apartment, his passive aggressive ways lead him to asking friends for advice, who tell him to simply put the painter 's supplies outside and let him kee the hint, which advice he happily and weakly follows.I think he fears French women the most.

While she cleans, he leaves, but is irritated by how shor it takes her because he ca n't stand to be there at the same time.

If you do n't let your employee spending so much time cleaning ( or painting) your flat, tell her to scram, fire her, or tell her to work faster because she annoys you!

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( Can you find an American in the US who speaks French?

Yet, author asks, " why are Americans fixated on how impolite the French are? " If you wish to be treated w courtesy, you ust practice the rules of politesse.

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How we all ant to live in this world where everyone dresses up to ake out the garbage! The best part, of course, is David ’ s take on Paris treats.

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As an American expat to Europe myself, I really can identify with his ange, but sometimes the book eels more like a rant than a boo.

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