The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious--and Perplexing--City by David Lebovitz

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  • Chocolate chip cream puffs (Chouquettes)

    • fprincess on December 20, 2011

      These are great but honestly I prefer them better without the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips can burn easily if you are not careful. Make sure to dry the dough before adding the eggs; otherwise the dough will be too runny (I made that mistake once when I was not paying attention).

    • fprincess on December 20, 2011

      Pictures in my eGullet post here: http://egullet.org/p1853322

  • Chocolate spice bread

    • fprincess on October 02, 2011

      A nice twist on pain d'epices (French gingerbread). It came out a little dry. I will cook it 25 min instead of 30 min next time.

    • fprincess on October 03, 2011

      eGullet post and picture http://egullet.org/p1840928

  • Individual chocolate almond cakes

    • fprincess on April 13, 2011

      Prep time 10 min, plus 15 min in the oven. Very nice little cakes ready in very little time. Delicious and not too dense (sometimes a problem with financiers).

    • fprincess on March 15, 2018

      I still love this recipe! Picture & notes here: https://forums.egullet.org/topic/136600-baking-etc-with-david-lebovitzs-ready-for-dessert/?do=findComment&comment=2145454

  • Chicken tagine with apricots and almonds

    • EdM on March 12, 2019

      Use real stock, for sauce thickening. I used 8 thighs - left skin on for flavor - worked fine. Cooked 1 hr in oven, then gave them a quick broil to crisp skin while sauce boiled down. Added green olives (Castelvetrano), pitted, when boiling sauce down. Use good ripe dried apricots, such as Blenheims. Made day ahead, then reheated and added almonds and apricots before serving. (Pair with Riesling Kabinett.)

    • FJT on November 24, 2016

      Fantastic flavour for minimum effort. I didn't even buy and joint a chicken, just used a pack of 10 skinless, boneless chicken thighs. It didn't even take long to make and it's perfect for making a day ahead and reheating. Everyone loved it!

    • Melanie on May 17, 2015

      Delicious! A good one to make for company as it can cook away in the oven until it is ready to serve - I let it spend twice as long in the oven as the recipe suggested and skipped the step of reducing the sauce when ready to serve. I loved that the apricots were plumped separately before adding to the dish, which helped them retain their identity compared to other similar preparations. Substituted parsley for the coriander and skipped the almonds as I served it with couscous (with added almonds, barberries and currants), Ottolenghi's spicy carrot salad and Ottolenghi's roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad (both from Jerusalem). Fantastic dinner spread due to the mix of flavours and all easy to prep in advance.

  • Breton buckwheat cake with fleur de sel

    • Melanie on July 11, 2014

      An easy and delicious cake which I served with whipped cream. I made this in a tart tin which was perfect - cake is quite flat and almost crumbly in texture. Although simple and fairly mellow, the flavours (cinnamon, rum - I used spiced, vanilla and buckwheat) make it quite different.

    • stockholm28 on December 29, 2014

      This cake is really interesting in a good way. I love simple cakes that aren't overly sweet. The rum, vanilla, and cinnamon are almost floral in combination with the buckwheat.

    • Etrnalhope on February 03, 2021

      Made this with dairy-free butter, coarse Himalayan salt, and gold rum. Lovely as others described!

  • Warm goat cheese salad

    • stef on May 26, 2017

      This made a very nice lunch with baguette and white wine

    • ricki on November 27, 2018

      Simple and perfect, with Rondelaine ewe's milk cheese to substitute for the goat.

  • Fig-olive tapenade

    • Frogcake on July 03, 2018

      So good! I’m in my Provence kitchen making this stuff with open access to black olives from Provence. It does not get any better than this.

  • Espresso-caramel ice cream

    • bwhip on January 11, 2018

      Really tasty, with a nice, creamy consistency. Flavor reminds me of those Coffee Nips candies I used to like as a kid.

  • Spiced nut mix

    • Kinhawaii on March 24, 2019

      Love this, one of my favorite mixes, I like it better with fewer pretzels.

    • Christinalego on May 26, 2020

      Could not find this recipe in this book.

  • Dulce de leche brownies

    • Kinhawaii on March 24, 2019

      I prefer his other dulce de leche recipes. I love his tart & cheescake but I feel like the dulce was overwhelmed by the brownie.

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Reviews about this book

  • ISBN 10 1452608288
  • ISBN 13 9781452608280
  • Published Jun 29 2012
  • Format Audio book
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Tantor Media Inc

Publishers Text

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 fifty 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.

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