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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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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.