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L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

by David Lebovitz

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L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz

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.

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ISBN-13:
9780804188388
9780804188388
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
11/07/2017
Pages:
368
368
Sales rank:
6,068
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
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About the Author

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 Appétit, Food & Wine, Cook's Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Travel + 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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10/09/2017
Lebovitz’s tale of the miseries and woes of buying and renovating a home in Paris will most likely send anyone thinking of doing the same running the other way. After living for 10 years in a small rented apartment, Lebovitz (My Paris Kitchen) decides to buy his own place. His adventures in home hunting include finding the right neighborhood, the right real estate agent, and, of course, just the right l’appart. But it’s only after he locates his ideal apartment that his adventures truly begin. Despite his partner Romain’s misgivings about the apartment, Lebovitz offers the asking price even before the apartment is inspected by an architect friend. During the inspection, the architect determines that the place needs extensive, costly renovations. Lebovitz plunges in, hiring a contractor and workers who turn out to be unscrupulous, never completing any work on time and so badly installing plumbing, flooring, and wiring that the apartment needs to be redone completely. In spite of his attempts to convince readers how much he still loves Paris—when describing being able to run down the street for a freshly made baguette or getting to know the ruggedly handsome man at the little café close by, for example—Lebovitz peels off the plaster to reveal a Paris beyond tourism. Lebovitz’s stories shimmer with despair, distress, and regret, but he nevertheless embraces life with all its flaws in the city he loves. (Nov.)

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