The Sweet Life in Paris

Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious—and Perplexing—City
by David Lebovitz (Paperback—2011)

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city, in his case 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 en 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, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

The more than 50 original recipes for dishes both savoury and sweet will have readers running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at cheese, chocolate, and other confections in the City of Light.

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