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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

When You Pine for Paris, Read this Book

I just moved back to the US after 3 years in Paris. Help! What to do when I'm wishing I were back in Paris and longing for some good French cuisine?

Why, I shop, of course! But lacking the requisite French culinary skills, I don't shop for groceries; I head straigh...
I just moved back to the US after 3 years in Paris. Help! What to do when I'm wishing I were back in Paris and longing for some good French cuisine?

Why, I shop, of course! But lacking the requisite French culinary skills, I don't shop for groceries; I head straight to the book store.

And today I found the perfect remedy for what ailed me. I purchased a copy of David Lebovitz's The Sweet Life in Paris, a fabulous collection of anecdotes about his life in the City of deLights. I'd been meaning to read it since it first appeared last month.

From the introduction to the final page, the book reads the same way you would relish a French feast. Each chapter is like a dish to be savored. Delightful to the senses, pleasing array of perfectly-timed morsels. One course to the next sauced with David's tangy, well-honed humor. And punctuated by his best recipes (so tempting that even I might try them, kitchen flunkie though I may be). And, like a proper diner of an exquisite French meal, I devoured it appreciatively from cover to cover in one sitting.

So if you, too, would rather be in Paris, treat yourself to The Sweet Life in Paris. The next best thing to being there.

Yum!

(this review originally appeared on my blog "Polly-Vous Francais?)

posted by Polly-Vous-Francais on July 25, 2009

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2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not the Paris I know.

Lebovitz's whiney memoir about living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world presents a place unlike the Paris I have visited. Instead of pointing at Parisians and complaining, perhaps he should look at the common denominator (himself) as being the problem. ...
Lebovitz's whiney memoir about living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world presents a place unlike the Paris I have visited. Instead of pointing at Parisians and complaining, perhaps he should look at the common denominator (himself) as being the problem. Lebovitz attempts, unsuccessfully, to be humorous about the many problems he experiences and makes one wonder why he stays.

posted by KRG on July 6, 2009

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