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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


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Authors: Lebovitz, David
Title: The sweet life in Paris
delicious adventures in the world's most glorious -- and perplexing -- city
Publisher: New York :, Broadway Books,, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 282 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Notes: Includes index of recipes
ISBN: 0767928881
9780767928885
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Report This 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!

Report This 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

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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Apr 07, 2011
  • Kitten_Knits rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very delicious memoir. Makes me hungry and inspired reading all of David's recipes!

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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

If you really want a cappuccino, go to Italy.

Report This 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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