on the shelf: the sweet life in paris

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
ISBN-13: 9780767928892

Synopsis: "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."

Review: Ah, this book. What a delight. I rarely read in public, but I made the mistake of reading this book in waiting rooms and while catching a cup of coffee alone. It's one of those books that makes you laugh out loud because you're not expecting the little quips David Lebovitz lobs at you. Each chapter is followed by a recipe or two. I bookmarked several, yet have only tried one. It was the chocolate spice bread and it was the most rich and delicious chocolate confection I have ever made. I look forward to making the carnitas (technically not French, but there was a chapter about the lack of burritos in Paris that preceded this recipe).

Not only were there wonderful recipes, but the book also taught me a few things about Parisian culture. What mannerisms are frowned upon and to always greet everyone when entering a shop. Those little things are something that will warm a person up to you. I think I enjoyed this book quite a bit, not only because there were recipes in it, but it also showed how life changed for an American as he moved to Paris. Of course, there are adjustments, but it's interesting to see just how different things can be.

1 comment

  1. I read this book after reading your review and I really enjoyed it! I'm waiting for a special occasion to use the crepe recipe :]