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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving expat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.

When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner, Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen. In the midst of it all, he reveals the adventure that accompanies carving out a place for yourself in a foreign country - under baffling conditions - while never losing sight of the magic that inspired him to move to the City of Light many years ago and to truly make his home there.

©2017 David Lebovitz (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"This book is so entertaining and so deliciously told that I could just gobble it all up in one sitting. As always, David Lebovitz managed to draw me into his scrumptious universe with a million poignant observations and countless of laugh-out-loud moments." (Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem, Plenty, and Sweet)
"David is an incredible storyteller, both in and out of the kitchen. I thoroughly enjoy the authenticity of life in a different country, where every day requires an adjustment and every event is a curve ball. But that's where the joy is: embracing life with a wonderful attitude, seeking exploration and novelty." (Gabriele Corcos, chef and author of the New York Times best seller Extra Virgin)

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delightful!

Would you listen to L'Appart again? Why?

just know....you are going to wind up buying the book! this was such a fun listen that I wanted to just make every recipe in the book...so...I'm buying the book to have. on my way home from work today I picked up the ingredients for three of the recipies and two pot de creme...because they were there and I was there...and they are French! david also cured me of any fantasy I might have had about wanting to live in Paris...I'll just continue to visit. my only issue with the book is the narration. it's perfectly fine...but it would have been so much better if david had done his own narration. I think a lot of the humor is lost in the straight forward telling of graham halstead, pun intended. david lebovitz, like david sedaris, has a voice that is full of sly wit...and that is missing. well....off to make chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies!

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Love this author! Pastries and Plaster in Paris!

As always, David Lebowitz is so funny and self-deprecating, it's easy to miss what a fundamentally gifted writer he is. I loved the etymology of companion. Having been through a large home construction project, I know that it's incredibly difficult to retell your building woes with any sense of humor. This is an entertaining but also informative book that should be a must-read for anyone remodeling anywhere, not just France. Plus, there's a very satisfying recipe at the end of almost chapter. This would make a great movie--Mr. Blanding's Builds His Dream House meets a pastry chef in Paris.

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super fun read!

Would you listen to L'Appart again? Why?

I might when i visit Paris again to pick up a few tips

What did you like best about this story?

I love the personal details of his relationship

What about Graham Halstead’s performance did you like?

sounded like a real person, great French pronunciation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

sure!

Any additional comments?

highly entertaining!!

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Delicious

Loved it, great and losing story with heartfelt English as well as delicious treats...thanks. France

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A Paris Sans Delights

This book is a gift to francophiles who have fantasized of moving to Paris and know they never well because the author will make you feel relieved for avoiding that fate.

First and very important: The reader is top notch: genial, naturalistic, and able to speak the French terms and phrases correctly as far as my high school French expertise can detect.

But halfway through this story of a torturous renovation of a Parisian apartment, I realized I was listening to a truly miserable story masked by a pleasant narrator and well read recipes read at the end of each chapter and a few tossed off rueful wry comments as though it's all a humorous experience. But clearly it is not. Parisians appear grumpy, lacking in humor, perpetually in a state of annoyance and discomfort because of stores and institutions that make life as difficult as possible. Apart from the boulangeries and markets, who would want to be in this city? New York seems warm and fuzzy in comparison to his Paris.

Most of all it is plain as day that the contractor working on the apartment is a liar and a crook -- no spoiler alert needed since I came to this conclusion one third of the way in and so will you. Why did the author stay with him? It was almost like reading a battered wife's delusions: "But he told me it would be all right and I believed him again." And I have never read a book with so many deceitful, lazy characters that wasn't a thriller or mystery. So I was glad to say au revoir and will seek out other books read by this narrator.

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Too little Paris, too much reno hell

The title says it all: The nightmare story of the author's expensive renovation "disaster"--replete with an astonishingly inept and irresponsible contractor/antagonist--overwhelmed any "delights" promised in the book's title. The meager recipes sprinkled through the book seemed desperate and incongruous and did little in the end to compensate for the dust, disappointment, and chaos.

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I was glad to discover. . .

That there was finally a happy ending to David’s project. I throughly enjoyed this entertaining book, though felt at times the complaints were getting a bit tedious. As an American who has coordinated several involved remodeling projects, I sympathize with David’s trusting nature. But it was difficult to understand why David did not release Claude, and crew, in a very early chapter. This book convinced me never to try a remodel in Paris, but I continue to wonder - surely it would be different if the house was in the French countryside?
This was my first audiobook with recipes. Is there a way to recapture the recipes? I’m sorry I couldn’t write them down while driving.

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Not great as an audio book

I couldn't finish this audio book unfortunately. It is probably much better to be read in true book format. It is filled with recipes that sound wonderful but are time-consuming and boring to listen to, and difficult to return to in order to transcribe. Also, the author uses a great deal of French words that he doesn't translate - I assume reading them, their meaning becomes clear, but audibly not so much. And as lovely as all the food sounds, he makes Parisians sound utterly unbearable.

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I'm addicted to stories about Paris

I don't know why I love Paris stories so much because I feel so angry about the different habits of the culture. Parisans are not looking for or demanding instant results like Americans.
By the time Daniel (sp) came to inspect the apartment, I was about off my rocker! I thought for sure David would have given up. But no-he powered through it with much more grace than I could have. Bravo! His apartment will have stories to tell for years to come, as will the bar stools.
Also loved the recipes. I don't bake but I could picture him preparing the food in his new kitchen as I listened, and I hoped he'd remember to use the faucet correctly. ;-)
Interestingly, the narrator was telling of the 'ing' sounds in language-yet he does not pronounce that sound.

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