The Sweet Life in Paris

  • by David Lebovitz
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Jennifer Sader

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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- Patrick Jaszewski

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-29-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio