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Publisher's Summary

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city 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.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai Parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that, in Paris, appearances and image mean everything.

The more than 50 original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha–Crème Fraîche Cake, will have listeners running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

©2009 David Lebovitz (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"David Lebovitz is the greatest thing to happen to dessert since the spoon, but this time he shows that beyond his artful nose and flawless taste, he also has a keen reporter's eye." (Mort Rosenblum, author of The Secret Life of the Seine)

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Great content, but it needs a different narrator

I have only listened to part of the book, which I purchased on impulse without listening to the sample. The narrator's voice would be more suited to scientific or other scholarly content. His voice is reminiscent of a narrator from an educational program.

This book really could have used someone who had a more mellow and relaxed style, and who could pronounce French correctly. I'm feeling conflicted -- I am really interested in the content, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it.

From now on I will always, always listen to the sample before purchasing.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable glimpse into an American in Paris

This book is a lovely telling of David Libovitz's story as he is getting used to a permanent life in Paris. As dreamers, we all wonder what it would be like to move to a different place permanently and often, probably overlook the trials and tribulations that you have to go through when doing so. Cultural differences seem much bigger when you look through the eyes of a resident, not just a tourist. David brought plenty of funny and heartwarming stories about his adventures. I am just left wanting a bit more - I felt the book was a bit short. Regardless, what is there is wonderful and I'm sure that you will enjoy it.

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Loved learning about all the quirks of Parisians

This is probably the single best book on the quirks of parisian life. I also loved Pancakes in paris, By Craig Carlson.

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Ready to move to Paris!

Book was great. Informative, interesting, and clever. Narration wasn't my favorite, but wasn't horrible, either. Great book to read if you're thinking about moving to or even visiting Paris.

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a good read and insightful comments

I found myself pleasently surprised reading this book, lots of insights on the day to day living in Paris.

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funny but i am afraid to go to paris after readin

funny but i am afraid to go to paris after reading. lol well we will see.

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I Want to live in Paris

I have been in love with the French language since high school and continued with language classes in college. Is it any wonder I have been in love with Paris for the fashions, food, culture, art, and history. This book had me laughing and smiling and I could hardly wait to hear more. I have been to Paris three times and have fantasizes about living there someday. This account of living in Paris rang true with brilliant examples from the author 's life. Each chapter told a different aspect of living in Paris, while at the same time worked in sync with references from a previous chapter. I loved this audio book.

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Sounds more like he hates Paris then loves it.

What did you like best about The Sweet Life in Paris? What did you like least?

I have to say I was really disappointed with this book. A friend recommended I read it because I am going to Paris next month and I am also a food lover. After listening to this book I wish I could cancel my trip. David doesn't say anything positive about Parisians at all, just how dirty and rude they are. I truly do not understand why he continues to live there if there is so much to complain about.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?

No

What else would you have wanted to know about David Lebovitz’s life?

Nothing

Any additional comments?

If you are planning a trip to France, skip this book.

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Boring!

What would have made The Sweet Life in Paris better?

It would have been better if the guy wasn't so self absorbed.

What was most disappointing about David Lebovitz’s story?

The whole thing.

What didn’t you like about David Drummond’s performance?

It was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

nope

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  • Garyfmp
  • 08-15-14

Could not finish this audiobook

What disappointed you about The Sweet Life in Paris?

To many American phrases like "I made a bolt for the door" when he decided to leave a place, "slam dunk" etc etc

Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?

No, probably best he sticks to cookbooks in my opinion

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

Max Winter has a far more pleasurable voice but it would be wasted on this audiobook

What character would you cut from The Sweet Life in Paris?

The writer

Any additional comments?

If you have fallen in love with Paris and want a more moving nostalgic experience look for a different book