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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Do not read this book on an empty stomach...After a couple of chapters, I was ready to throw the book aside and hop a jet to either city just to get my hands on some of the food she described. --Working Title
Traveling foodies of the world, rejoice--Thomas provides the sweet scoop on Paris and New York in this mouth-watering memoir. While an associate creative director at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, Thomas was offered a position as copywriter on the Louis Vuitton account in Paris. So she left her life in New York--where an insatiable sweet tooth had made her a veritable expert on the city's bakeries and chocolatiers--to live in the foodie mecca of the Second Arrondissement and work in a gorgeous building on the Champs-Élysées. During her quest to find the best breads, desserts, and cheeses at the myriad pâtisseries, boulangeries, and bistros, Thomas revels in the historic and cultural joys of Paris--the parks, markets, and of course the gorgeous Canal Saint-Martin. Thankfully, her vivid descriptions of baguettes, macaroons, and baba au rhum do more than merely tempt--supplemented with an extensive list of Thomas' favorite bakeries in Paris and New York, readers can get their own taste of two cities, though Thomas' is the tale to beat. --Publisher Weekly Feb 2012
Two cities have long held a special allure for me: Paris and New York. For decades, I figured I would find a way to live in both. These dreams haven t materialized, but I have been able to savor a soupcon of them vicariously through Amy Thomas s new memoir, Paris, My Sweet. When a job at Louis Vuitton unexpectedly falls into her lap, Thomas leaves New York to settle in Paris. The ensuing two years of adventures some sweet and some bittersweet are layered with memories of New York life in this delicious account. A savvy sweetaholic, Thomas ices this literary gateau with a list of more than 100 bite-worthy bakeries in her two adopted homes. --National Geographic Traveler Feb 2012
Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises. --David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris
Amy Thomas seduces us in the same manner than Paris seduced her - one exquisite morsel at a time. --Nicole Robertson, author of Paris in Color --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
As an associate creative director for Ogilvy & Mather, Amy Thomas went to Paris in 2009 to work on Louis Vuitton s digital advertising. Now back in New York, she contributes to the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Every Day with Rachel Ray and others. She blogs at dessertfordinner.com and www.godiloveparis.blogspot.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Paris My Sweet is a light, cosy read. Although it is a well-written memoir, it's written with a light tone that makes it easy to breeze through and escape into. I must admit to not being a massive dessert fan myself (I'm more into savoury snacks), but I did enjoy the descriptions of all the food and imagine that someone who enjoys cakes would love them even more. My favourite part was the passion and joy with which Amy wrote about Paris, I've visited Paris only once and her descriptions made me want to visit again. After reading this book, you too will want to cycle along the Champs D'Elysses, stopping at cute patissiers whenever the mood strikes you.
The parts that I felt didn't work as well were the parts when things became tough for Amy and she starts to feel very isolated living alone in a foreign city. Her feelings are definitely understandable, but the tone of the book is so light (it's like a chick-lit memoir) that it's hard to connect with Amy and really understand what she is going through. The writing jumps from loneliness to cupcakes too quickly to have any real impact. There's also a lot about the ticking of biological clocks that again feels a bit shallow. Paris My Sweet was more about the cakes and the wonderful setting than it was about any real identification with the author.
Still, this is a fun read that's perfect for any armchair traveller or pastry enthusiast. It's quick, breezy and will make you want to travel to Paris and gorge on cake immediately
It has also tempted my palate to visit New York to check out all the suggestions.
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