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Thursday, February 8, 2018

History Corner / Book Review: L'Appart by David Lebovitz

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Blogging for Books, for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


And now a look at modernizing French history, a wee bit,
one apartment at a time!

 L'Appart cover

Synopsis:

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 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.


Review:

I've been a huge fan of David's since I discovered his amazing food blog and cookbooks. And while many of the 'joys' of adapting to French living have been shared on the blog, it was fun to read them together, fleshed out with additional info and more chapters! David writes honestly about the good, and bad, of renovating his apartment, and accepting the whims of the French contractors he had to deal with. The book highlights cultural differences not only if apartment design, but in cooking and maybe how too modernized the American culture has become. Even with all the heartaches and setbacks, the book will have you wishing you were in Paris renovating your own apartment and learning to live ' l'appart' too! AND once you make some of the included recipes, you'll be a fan of David's too!


About the Author:

DAVID LEBOVITZ has been a professional cook and baker for most of his life; he spent nearly thirteen years at Berkeley's Chez Panisse until he left the restaurant business in 1999 to write books. He is the author of six books, including My Paris Kitchen, The Perfect Scoop, and The Sweet Life in Paris. David has been featured in Bon AppétitFood & WineCook's Illustrated, the Los Angeles TimesSaveurTravel + Leisure, the New York Times, and more. He moved to Paris in 2004 and turned davidlebovitz.com into one of the first phenomenally popular food and living blogs.

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