Sunday, July 12, 2009

"The Sweet Life in Paris"

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

My nephew who is an avid reader gave me this book by David Lebovitz for my birthday. I can't rave enough about it. Here's what I wrote to David about his new book: "The narratives in "The Sweet Life in Paris" are as savory as the recipes which you've thoughtfully paired with each of the chapters. Can't wait for your next book. Till then I'll be reading your blog which is a visual feast."

David's prose is candid, funny, honest and amusing. He confirms what I've thought and experienced in Paris in particular and France in general during my many visits there. Here's a sample: In the chapter What they say versus what they mean David writes that when a restaurateur tells you they are completely full, they mean "We already have enough Americans in here".

My own personal experience dining at a starred restaurant in France is that we were escorted to the upstairs dining room where we were joined by another American couple and a French couple with a poodle. The restaurant staff had only one English speaking waiter so they bunched us in the same room. Maybe the poodle spoke only English as well. haha. Though I requested in French for a seat in the main dining room, my date and I were banished to the lonely room, regardless. But I go back anyway because France has a certain "je ne sais quoi" that calls to me.

After you finish reading the book, you'll want to read more about David and his adventures and try his new recipes. Thankfully he has a blog http://www.davidlebovitz.com/ or if you would like to hear more from him, he twitters too under his own name.

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