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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

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"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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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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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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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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