The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

Book - 2017
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Bestselling 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.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804188388
Branch Call Number: 914.43604 LEB
Characteristics: 354 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Jan 04, 2019

A comical tale of purchasing a home in Paris with mouth-watering recipes. I laughed and felt so sorry for David as he navigated the process of purchasing a home and the trials of renovation. It was a enjoyable and a quick read.

Dec 25, 2018

A cautionary tale, if you dream of living in France, as I do - but I agree with the NY Times reviewer that this could have been a much better book if trimmed to half the length.

There are moments of good humor, but many more moments of regrets and whining - plus a number of insignificant anecdotes or details that drag the story down.

I do like how "Daveed" loosely matched the recipes at the end of many chapters to the subjects covered. Now, if only he would realize that a book needs to be tighter and more focused than a blog!

May 31, 2018

Humorous account of trying to find and renovate an apartment in France. Any books by Americans in France are great--they usually show an appreciate of a wonderful culture--great style, food, wine, etc--while bemoaning the vagaries of their obsolete systems (the post office, for example) and inexplicable cultural traditions. If that's your cup of tea (or glass ofwine), I highly recommend it!

Apr 02, 2018

This book isn’t nearly as fun as I thought it would be. I started skipping pages ahead, then chapters, then skimmed to the end ...which I then didn’t read.

I think it would have helped tremendously if there were photos...how about some before and after? But...none.

AND...tell us how much you paid for the dumpy apartment.

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