Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz is a pastry chef and cookbook author who in THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS details his experience in moving to Paris, long a dream of his. Talk about culture shock...his arrival and settling in is met with frustration as he attempts to get his tiny apartment painted, establish a bank account, get a refund, and find a public restroom...things which seem easy in America, but are almost impossible in France. Don't be surprised if someone cuts in front of you in line in Paris, since if you leave more than an inch of space between you and the person in front of you, you are inviting it...meaning the person behind you is actually touching you. Need change? Good luck. Need to pee? Hahaha. Not unless you buy a drink first. Expect customer service? Guess again. The French love to eat slowly, and they respond to complaints likewise. If you are fat, they will mock you openly. If you are uptight about sex, you've got a lot to learn. This book, narrated with an American perspective in mind by David Drummond, is a witty tour around the City of Lights, tongue firmly planted in cheek. Don't leave for Paris without it. (Included in PDF format are recipes by David Lebovitz.)

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