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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.
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By bet on 01-12-18
Would you listen to L'Appart again? Why?
just know....you are going to wind up buying the book! this was such a fun listen that I wanted to just make every recipe in the book...so...I'm buying the book to have. on my way home from work today I picked up the ingredients for three of the recipies and two pot de creme...because they were there and I was there...and they are French! david also cured me of any fantasy I might have had about wanting to live in Paris...I'll just continue to visit. my only issue with the book is the narration. it's perfectly fine...but it would have been so much better if david had done his own narration. I think a lot of the humor is lost in the straight forward telling of graham halstead, pun intended. david lebovitz, like david sedaris, has a voice that is full of sly wit...and that is missing. well....off to make chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies!
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By vintagebarrio on 11-12-17
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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