The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

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7 Critic Reviews

Many of the 50 recipes are made with plenty of butter and sugar; a flawless rendition of dulce de leche brownies is sure to become the home baker's equivalent of that très chic little black dress, returned to again and again.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY PARIS KITCHEN

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.

 

About David Lebovitz

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David Lebovitz lived in San Francisco for twenty years before moving to Paris. He baked at several notable restaurants before starting his career as a cookbook author and food writer. He's the author of four highly regarded books on desserts, and has written for many major food magazines, sharing his well-tested recipes written with a soupçon of humor. His popular, award-winning blog, www.davidlebovitz.com, entertains readers from around the world with sweet and savory recipes as he tries to unravel the complexities of living in Paris.
 
Published April 25, 2009 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: Travel, Cooking, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 19 2009

Many of the 50 recipes are made with plenty of butter and sugar; a flawless rendition of dulce de leche brownies is sure to become the home baker's equivalent of that très chic little black dress, returned to again and again.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Aug 01 2012

Witty, warm, and worthwhile, The Sweet Life in Paris gives readers an inside look at one of the world's great cities.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Good
on Jun 22 2009

A cookbook author would be useless without his recipes, and this book has plenty: chocolate mousse, cheesecake, chocolate spice bread — and dozens more, and many of them not desserts.

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LA Times

Excellent
on May 05 2009

There's probably little else as fun as living vicariously through Lebovitz for 269 pages, especially when it involves chocolate spice bread, plum and raspberry clafoutis or lemon-glazed madeleines.

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Bay Area Bites

Excellent
on Jun 19 2009

An entertaining, human, and extremely useful guide.

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Lonely Planet

Excellent
on Sep 25 2011

Lebovitz’s The Sweet Life in Paris manages to serve up something different.

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EzineArticles

Excellent
on May 20 2009

The Sweet Life in Paris truly is about the sweet and delicious life about the city of cheese, chocolates and fashion.

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