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The Sweet Life in Paris

Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious -- and Perplexing -- City

Lebovitz, David

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sweet Life in Paris

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0767928881
Characteristics: xvi, 282 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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Jun 14, 2014
  • swong1000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 06, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 03, 2014
  • jpsdad rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Jan 21, 2014
  • ser_library rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

a good book to dip into, but cloying to read straight through

Oct 25, 2013

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.

Aug 05, 2013
  • hugapug rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A quick, delightful read about Parisians and their quirks. There are some delicious looking recipes as well that I can't wait to try.

Aug 03, 2012
  • janetplanet9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 11, 2012
  • ABluestocking rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 25, 2011
  • tonyreads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ecellent book on Paris with the added bonus of some tasy reciepts on French cooking.

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Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Since only 20 percent of Americans have passports, we don’t get out as much as we should, and our dealings with foreigners are usually on our own turf where they have to play by our rules. We’re not so good at adapting to others, since we’re rarely in a position that requires us to do it. . . . I wonder why when we travel outside the United States we expect people to behave like Americans – even in their own country.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Where one might traditionally find, say, ceilings, big pieces of crumbly stucco dangled instead, collapsing in shards of papery stalactites, littering everything with dusty flakes of plaster.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Every Frenchwoman I know loves chocolate so much she has a chocolate cake in her repertoire that she’s committed to memory, one she can make on a moment’s notice.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The French take their language very, very seriously, and I can’t remember a dinner party where an argument about some aspect of the language didn’t at some point break out and was not resolved until someone went to a bookshelf and pulled out a copy of Larousse, an important fixture in every French household.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you really want a cappuccino, go to Italy.

Jul 01, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It’s considered terribly rude in France to ask someone you meet what they do for a living. . . . We call questions like that “icebreakers.” In France, the _brise-glace_ is, “Where are you from?”


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