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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lebovitz Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An American pastry chef living in Paris shares his deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights.

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 in 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, The Sweet Life in Paris is David’s story of how he came to fall in love with and 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 listeners 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cooks aren’t usually such good writers—so funny, skeptical, and observant. He’s a wonderful one. Also, I’m a fervent fan of his ice cream book, so I can’t wait to cook my way through his other recipes.”

    Diane Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Le Divorce

  • “This feisty memoir-with-recipes is just as tart as it is sweet.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Lebovitz is the greatest thing to happen to dessert since the spoon, but this time he shows that beyond his artful nose and flawless taste, he also has a keen reporter’s eye. If Paris intrigues, excites, or merely interests you, read this book.”

    Mort Rosenblum, author of A Goose in Toulouse

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela Bliss | 2/19/2014

    " Fun easy read about adventures in Paris... some good recipes as well! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Currie Mccullough | 2/14/2014

    " Mainly just slightly entertaining because I have had similar experiences in Paris. I tried to cook the chicken with mole sauce and it was a disaster. The recipe was complicated and messy and tasted horrible. Lebovitz is slightly sad in his attempts to become Parisian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glencora | 2/9/2014

    " I love this kind of personal memoir with interesting recipes sprinkled throughout it. Lebovitz shares his love of french cuisine along with some wonderful stories of Parisian lifestyle. This a great book for Americans headed to Paris who want to try not to stick out like sore thumbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/6/2014

    " This was a fun read about the authors experience living in Paris. He is a chef so he also includes some delicious recipes. "

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About the Author

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 several highly regarded books on desserts, and the cookbook, My Paris Kitchen. He has written for many major food magazines, sharing his well-tested recipes written with a soupçon of humor.