Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.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....
|Title||:||L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home Reviews
After having read Lebovitz's "The Sweet Life in Paris," I couldn't wait to read "L'Appart." Sadly, it was a disappointment, though only in part because it's just not a very good book. Let me explain:
I adore Paris, speak French fluently, work with French expats and have a fairly good understanding of the charms and foibles of the French. I have seen how "soupe au lait" French people can be. They can have a tendency to blow a gasket if they feel they have been wronged and, to say the least, hell ...more
I don't think this was the intended consequence per se, but this book made me squirm and shudder so often. Like many, I've played with the fantasy of what it would be like to pick up and move to France. This book pretty much squelches any desire to do so. Lebovitz writes with great detail the horrors of the bureaucracy and irrationality prevailing in his chosen City of Light, in such a way that left me appreciative of US customer of service, banks, etc. If I had been editing this book I would've ...more
Lively and enjoyable, for the most part, though there was a bit too much of looking forward to doom and gloom in the renovation, which spoiled some of the anticipation. Haven't tried any of the recipes but they look just as yummy as the ones in his blog.
I thought this was a pretty good read - and I made the lemon yoghurt cake from the recipe in the book and it was great!
“When I started looking for an apartment, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting into- just like how I decided to move to Paris. I just did it, then learned the steps along the way, aka, the hard way.”
After spending years in Paris, David Lebovitz (a cookbook author) decides to finally make the City of Light his permanent home. Following his (mis)adventures in renovation, readers get an inside look at the outlandish behaviors of his contractor and the odd Paris traditions that may ...more
There's good material here, I think. But this needed a MUCH tighter edit. There's a LOT of repetition of phrases, and even of little anecdotes. And while I understand that Lebovitz is a noted recipe author, the recipes tacked onto the chapters didn't flow AT ALL with the story. If you're going to include recipes, talk about them in the chapters. And be consistent: either all chapters have recipes or all don't. The book really doesn't flow because of the inconsistency.
Thanks to the publisher and ...more
Chef and cookbook author Lebovitz decides to buy an apartment in Paris, after living there for about 10 years, an expat from San Francisco. This sounds like the stuff of dreams, but his venture takes on a nightmarish quality. The process to buy his apartment is convoluted and takes about 10 months with various setbacks - he is even required to provide a urine sample to obtain a bank loan. Then he embarks on a large remodeling project which is fraught with problems. This book is a little bit "A Y ...more
Not sure if I’m giving this 3 stars because I want it to be at least 3 stars, or if it actually belongs there. Ok, I’ll say it does. It doesn’t belong in my collection of 2 star reads. But I was disappointed.
I enjoy his blog writing and enjoyed his earlier memoir well enough. This one lacked a sense of the personal.
It’s perhaps unfair to compare it to Frances Mayes’ Tuscany memoirs, which are rich in personal reflection and inner life while depicting lush territory and agonizing ex-pat-making- ...more