From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen and L'Appart, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The title of the fifth book from Lebovitz, celebrated pastry chef and Chez Panisse alum, is a bit of a misnomer: this. Recipes from The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Recipes included in this.
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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City · Read more · The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in. PDF - The Sweet Life in Paris. The title of the fifth book from Lebovitz, celebrated pastry chef and Chez Panisse alum, is a bit of a misnomer: this feisty. From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen and L'Appart, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of.
However, it is a thin line between complaining and making light about hardships and by the end of the book, he teeters toward bitter. Also I guess I am from America and spent time in France and I remember the two dudes I found attractive because I didn't outweigh them and they weren't smoking and moping. Enlarge cover. 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 I really enjoyed this, but the author is a pastry chef, not a writer, so he got docked for some seriously so-so writing. We are experiencing technical difficulties.
Original Title. Paris France. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sweet Life in Paris , please sign up. Original price? Michelle I took it out of the library. See 1 question about The Sweet Life in Paris…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jun 26, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. View all 14 comments. Aug 21, Marita rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a mildly amusing account of an American pastry chef's life in a tiny apartment in Paris.
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 schools The lack of manners of Parisians The hazards of navigating past fellow pedestrians The poor quality service or complete lack thereof Strikes Supermarkets Coffee To be fair, he is complimen This is a mildly amusing account of an American pastry chef's life in a tiny apartment in Paris.
The French language and language schools The lack of manners of Parisians The hazards of navigating past fellow pedestrians The poor quality service or complete lack thereof Strikes Supermarkets Coffee To be fair, he is complimentary about French cheese. Several recipes of both sweet and savoury dishes are included in the text.
View all 8 comments. Feb 10, Bryan rated it it was ok. 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: Although he loves the men in Paris and how they dress, he is mortally afraid of the women, old or young, and of bumping into anyone on the sidewalk, on the bus, or waiting in a queue. He makes it sound like they are all out to get him, to run him over while driving through the roundabout, but it's easy enough to see that he really should be eating more beef and less sugar. Annoyed by a painter who is taking so 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 get the hint, which advice he happily and weakly follows.
I think he fears French women the most. He has a French woman who cleans his house. While she cleans, he leaves, but is irritated by how long it takes her because he can't stand to be there at the same time. Makes me want to say "Hey, Lebovitz, man up! If you don't want 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!
It's your house. Or stand close to someone at the market. He also has a habit of closing his chapters, or essays I'll call them, with an attempt to be cute and tie together all of the punchlines used up to that point. I liked it the first time, but then it got too rich. Maybe that is it--maybe his book was meant to be savored over time, like over-sweetened ganache, while slowly trying each recipe before moving on the to next essay. In that case, it was probably too much for me, but a very timid and sweet book.
View 1 comment. 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 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. The SF author, a chef, moved to France, started chefing -- and here's a delightful tome on manners avec recipes for those who cook.
Entering a shop, restaurant, patisserie, you must say: Bonjour, monsieur or Bonjour, madame. Yet, author asks, "why are Americans fixated on how impolite the French are? Don't ask, first thing to a stranger, "And, what do you dew?
Don't show visitors your bedroom and wc, lumpkin. Also, it izznt necessary to have a kitchen the size of your apartment. In US, 'kitchen appliance' centers push this ugliness, and, dumb Americans follow suit, natch.
Is anyone surprised? Wanna make a fromage blanc souffle, lemon-glazed madeleines, a carmelized apple tart? It's all here. Delicious, I'm sure. I don't cook. Having lived for months in a hotel, the only words I know are Room Service! View all 4 comments.
Jul 16, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 tell the story of our own move to this magical place. I loved how Lebovitz tells how he realized he was finally un vrai parisien. It was not a big day, but a simple day, the day he dressed up to take out his garbage.
How we all want to live in a world where everyone dresses up to take out the garbage! David is, of course, an expert on pastries, so who better to take us around Paris and share pastry gossip? An absolutely delicious book, filled with stories about those amazing sweets of Paris. With recipes. Nov 29, Fabienne rated it did not like it. In the book description the question posed was "When did he the author realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? 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 inst In the book description the question posed was "When did he the author realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien?
I was expecting to be transported into the "Sweet Life in Paris" but instead was given a detailed list of reasons we should all stay away from Paris. Talk about misleading. I didn't even finish the book. I still love Paris and France though - I always will. Jul 06, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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're uniquely Parisian, which makes one wonder if he's been to the rest of Europe.
His observations in general hold true for Germany, at least. But like people who adopt New York as their city, Paris is "special" and thus all it's quirks are unique, at least in the eye of the transplant.
But I will grant that this book is entertaining and amusing, and that's about it. View 2 comments. May 14, Antonia rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 do when you make an embarrassing faux pas: Leave the scene as fast as you can, muttering to yourself like a Parisian Il n'est pas de ma faute!
Il n'est pas de ma faute! So many inscrutable French behaviors must be chalked up to cultural differences. So many perfectly normal requests are pas possible. Lebovitz offers a good many useful tips for anyone planning to take up residence in, or just visit, Paris.
He also tells the best place to go for bread, for lemon-glazed madeleines, for cheeses, for steak frites, even microwave popcorn if you must. As for the best chocolate? Lebovitz has taken care to adjust them for American tastes and available ingredients. He also includes two great appendices: Following the death of his partner, Leibovitz makes the decision to move to Paris.
A pastry chef at the lauded Chez Panisse for ten years and a well-known cookbook writer for several after that, he moved to the Ci Instead of April in Paris, I spent it in Vermont, savoring David Lebovitz's wonderful romp through the city. A pastry chef at the lauded Chez Panisse for ten years and a well-known cookbook writer for several after that, he moved to the City of Lights for a new life.
What started out as a blog about an American living and cooking in Paris was turned into this engaging story. He takes us along while he forges his way into becoming a Parisian. 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 city and country's wonderful food and drink.
One story early on struck a chord with me. This was such a thoroughly enjoyable read and I found myself smiling as he told his tales. Lebovitz's book has earned a well deserved spot on my writing desk, where he will share space with other wonderful food writers, Laurie Colwin, Judith Jones, Gesine Bullock-Prado, and another ex-pat, Julia Child. View all 5 comments. Nov 09, Jaclyn rated it really liked it.
Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: It will make you hungry for hot, crunchy baguettes 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 Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: But after reading David Lebovitz's rhapsodizing about Parisian hot cocoa, I had two cups at lunch that day.
No, it wasn't Parisian David Lebovitz's delicious writing will do that to you. Because oh, yes, this book is delicious. From the first page to the last, it was warm, funny, engaging, absorbing, and delightful. Needing a change in his life after experiencing the death of his partner, Lebovitz picks up and moves his entire life to Paris. There he explores the city through its food, tracking down the best baguettes and hot chocolate in the city.
He learns to gut fish at a corner poissonerie , to avoid pushy Parisians at the grocery store, and to differentiate between confusingly named chocolate candies. He finds love again, almost has a heart attack seriously one of the funniest moments in the book , watches the Parisians march under his window over anything and everything, and juggles government red tape and an apartment painter who seems to want to move in with him.
Oh, and if great writing about a memorable city isn't enough to entice you to read this book Lots of them. So even if you can't go to Paris this weekend - if only! C'est delicieux. Dec 07, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: I love David Lebovitz's blog and not a single of his recipes has failed me yet. His blog is www. I was kind of dreading his book because often times bloggers turn out to be terrible authors shocking, I know! 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 p I love David Lebovitz's blog and not a single of his recipes has failed me yet.
He has a wry sense of humor about Parisians, a pleasant humbleness about his clumsiness with the language and culture and a knack for story telling - especially when it comes to food. The book is chock full of recipes that themselves are full of funny asides, but the heart of the book is basically his memoirs of moving to and living in Paris. However, it is a thin line between complaining and making light about hardships and by the end of the book, he teeters toward bitter.
But I get it, for the most part. Picking up and moving somewhere where you have no connections and barely speak the language is a tough thing to do and to laugh your way through the hard bits is commendable. The strongest stories were about him and those he got to know on a more personal level. Less so the flogging of Parisians as a whole albeit well deserved.
Mar 25, Thomas rated it really liked it. 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 This book hit me wrong when I first bought it. 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 understanding for the seemingly rude not something I ran into much, or my filters missed these Parisian behaviors I think this was where I put the book on hold, as I didn't have many encounters with the rude and detached Paris.
Each of the chapters in the book is accompanied by a recipe, none of them I have tried yet but I have placed the book in my cookbook shelf after reading it as a narrative book.
I really like the depth and texture of Paris that David has added to my own experiences. I really enjoyed his explorations in jobs fish monger, retail chocolate shop, etc. Aug 29, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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 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 the library. I would totally recommend if you are really into french food which I am and I wouldn't at all if you aren't interested in such things.
The writing is like long form blogging always discouraged , but the content is totally useful and interesting and if I owned the book, I could see myself referencing in the future. Bonus points for the fact that it made me chuckle out loud on the train.
If nothing else, the fact that Lebovitz plugs Pain de Sucre 14 Rue de Rambuteau in Paris for the amazing marshmallows and macarons [!!: 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 I first got to know David Lebovitz through his amazing recipes, so I subscribed to his blog and follow his posts with great interest.
His remarks about life in France, and Paris in particular, were insightful, informative, and I suppose they might prove quite useful even for the casual tourist.
I'll definitely look up his Paris Kitchen. The narrator for the audio book had the perfect french pronunciation, but was otherwise somewhat monotonous for my taste. I wonder how this book would have sounded read by Tim Gerard Reynolds Jan 10, Benjamin rated it it was ok Shelves: Melt the butter in a inch cm cast-iron skillet.
Stir in the. Arrange the apple quarters in the pan rounded side down, with their. Tightly pack the apples in overlapping con- centric circles. Really cram them in. Cook over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not stir or move. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven.
Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a inch cm. Drape the dough over the apples, tucking in the edges, and bake the tart on an upper rack of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the dough is golden brown. Remove from the oven and invert a baking sheet over the tart.
Lift off the skillet, loosen any apples that may have stuck, and reunite them with the tart. At Berthillon in Paris, the famed ice cream shop, they serve a picture-perfect version in their tea salon with a scoop of caramel ice cream, which is over-the-top good. Recipes included in this excerpt: 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 euros in hand to make a 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 Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections. Flag for inappropriate content. Related titles. Crustless Onion Quiche: Classic French Bread Recipe. Recipes from Mrs. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Before Francophiles race to chime in about how bad American coffee is, yes, I agree with you. Plus North Americans have an excuse: Avoid at all costs. Shake or blend vigorously, until the ice cream has melted and is smooth.
To make the dough, combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor, standing mixer, or pastry blender. Stir in the brown sugar and remove from heat. Arrange the apple quarters in the pan rounded side down, with their cored sides facing upwards. Do not stir or move the apples while cooking, but gently press them down slightly with a spat- ula as they soften. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a inch cm circle.
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