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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2009
This is a bit different from David's previous books (of which I have all), in that it's done in short stories followed by recipes. I love Paris and wouldn't have been without this one, David's observations on his life as both an American and Pastry Chef in Paris had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Some of it I totally associated with, as Paris is one of my very favourite cities; but the bits I didn't were still a very fabulous read. This is the perfect holiday reading book for a food lover, but it's also much more - there are still plenty of recipes to keep this book current long after it's initial reading - I've marked a good number to try, sweet and savoury alike. The dulce de leche brownies are really awesome and thoroughly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 October 2010
For anyone interested in food, this is a great read. It really does capture the glories and horrors of one of my favourite cities in the world with wit, humour, warmth and some great recipes too.

Lebovitz has joined the ranks of people like Nigel Slater and Elizabeth David as someone who can write about food with fluency as well as being an outstanding cook. All too often food writing can feel a bit prissy - this is anything but. It is evocative, rich, tangy and entertaining.

It does make me want to move to Paris - NOW.

I suspect I will be encouraging my foodie friends to get their own copies - and a few others as well. You just need to enjoy good writing to find this a little gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I stumbled across this book by accident and I'm so glad that I did! David Lebovitz is an American living in Paris and through him we learn the etiquette of eating in Paris as well as the best places to buy and eat. The structure of the book is also great, as an anecdote or short `article' is followed by a recipe. The recipes (even though I haven't actually tried to cook any) sound amazing and include staples as well as cakes and pastries that sound a little more unusual (I'd love to try the absinthe cake!)

Always good humoured and covering an array of topics as diverse as his time spent with the Parisian fishmongers to the correct way to eat fruit or order coffee; this is a marvellous little book and seems like the equivalent of having a friend in the city to show you all the places a tourist might miss.

Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2011
I stumbled onto this book by browsing new cookbooks and picked out a book on chocolate and another one on ice cream by David Lebovitz and decided to find more books to read. He is a very entertaining writer and I have become a dedicated fan to his blog---the only one I read! I loved this book so much (as being American myself, I could relate at times) that I ordered it for 3 girlfriends who love Paris.
I would definitely read this for insight and tips on places to go and by all means, pick up the rest of his great books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
Wow what a book ! Very funny, laughed out loud many times. Great recipes a bonus too. If you love Paris and love food, this is the book for you !
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on 15 December 2011
I hadn't heard of the author until I found a recipe crediting him and leading me to this book, and what a joy it was to read. The cover says it all - to be read with a cup of coffee and cake for sure, preferably to be read while slouched in a low arm chair (the one that has been sat on so much that the bottom needs rewebbing)on a lazy sunday morning. I shared David's life, identifying with some things and identifying the situations. I love this guy, he knows how to laugh at himself in a good way, I like the opinions given, I like the look of the recipes, a good read when you need to be cheered up. The book is one of those that you hurry to finish and then feel a sense of loss when it is finished. What more could a foodie reader want - another book by David Lebovitz!!!!!!!!!!!
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on 19 August 2011
The Sweet Life in Paris leaves you wanting more! I love Paris and visit as often as I can so happily devour any books about this amazing city. I loved this book for its gentle humour and fabulous recipes. It doesn't try to be anything it isn't and really comes across as a genuine account of David Lebovitz's life in the city he loves. Left me wanting to know more about David in some ways - he came across as self-deprecating, sexy and funny and I suspect everyone wants him to be their new BFF! A book you can pick up as and when you have the chance so ideal for holidays, daily train travel etc. I love books on travel and I love books on cookery so this was a real treat!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2009
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious, and Perplexing, City
I became David-Lebovitz-addicted, when I made my first bunch of ice cream as soon as "The Perfect Scoop" reached my hands. Not only did he save my Ice Cream maker from all the dust that would have accumulated on it since 2006 that I bought it, but he also gave me lots of culinary inspiration through his blog. I had pre-ordered "The Sweet Life In Paris" and when -at last- I held it on my hands and opened it, I had a brief disappointment. Where were the fantastic photos that I expected it to have? But as I went though the pages and started reading, my first impression vanished and I soon realized it would be a hard mission to put it down: his humour is hilarious, his writing is distinctive, his recipes are -like always- just perfect (I have already made the absolute Espresso-Caramel Ice Cream and my mouth is watering on the thought of Bacon and Blue Cheese Cake that I'm making tomorrow ) and the book-style that at first disappointed me, now seems to match with the whole book, as the pages look hand-cut and the smell of the book (yes, I DO smell my books) is like one of a book you would buy from an old bookstore near the Seine.
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on 23 September 2011
This book is a great read in itself as well as an interesting cook book. I was directed to David Lebovitz via Nigella Lawson - who mentioned him on her website. The Sweet Life in Paris is an intriguing and funny account of the author's life in Paris and his handling of difficult situations and Parisians themselves. I loved the way the book was interspersed with recipes relating to the chapter and can't wait to try some of the recipes - especially the dulce de leche brownies!
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on 12 January 2013
I discovered David Leibovitz via the shifting light web site. Julian had painted a potimerron and included a link to a recipe on David's website. As I was about to go to Paris for a few days this book interested me, I wasn't disappointed, a joyous read with tips on great foodie places to visit (Angelina's being a big hit). Recommended for anyone who loves Paris, as I do, David's blog is great too with delicious recipes.
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