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

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

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 a Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat l...

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Title:L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
Author:David Lebovitz
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

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

  • Cody
    Feb 05, 2018
    A delightful take on the adventures and follies of an American abroad--one that left this reader with quite an appetite! ...
  • E
    Nov 18, 2017
    Bummer. I really enjoyed the author's other books on life in Paris. But this one, basically takes you through the pain of his search to buy an apartment in the city and the bureaucracy plus challenging behavior that makes it even more complicated and frustrating than in the US. As some...
  • Ang
    Jul 24, 2017
    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'...
  • Michelle
    Nov 29, 2017
    As charming as it is informative, L?appart offers a chef?s eye view of the beauty and bureaucratic madness that is France. After moving from San Francisco to Paris, Lebovitz spent a decade living in a tiny top-floor flat with a magnificent view of the City of Light. When he fina...
  • Melissa
    Nov 26, 2017
    Lebovitz's roller-coaster tale about purchasing and then renovating an apartment in Paris does not inspire me AT ALL to ever buy property in a foreign country. The US is bad enough. It unfortunately also made this a rather repetitive book and the recipes Lebovitz included at the end of...
  • Kristin
    Nov 19, 2018
    I have read a number of "My Life in Paris and or France" books and cookbook combinations over the years, but this is the first that has not painted the City of Lights with glassy eyed adoration. This is also the first story that gave me a close-up look at Parisian society and culture b...
  • Maya
    Nov 09, 2017
    Love his writing and his recipes and was so excited for this book, but reading for chapters on end about his largely self-induced renovation nightmares made me want to tear my hair out. Not for me. ...
  • Kalen
    Sep 10, 2017
    Interesting read. The eGalley didn't have any photos--I hope that the print edition will and/or the Lebovitz will create a portion of his website for some. I found a few "before" pictures but would like to see the apartment in all of its before and after glory. I don't know how Lebovit...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Dec 24, 2017
    Have had a fabulous armchair week in France, from the last Christmas in paris, Paris in the present, to alice waters coming to my senses, wrapping up with her old employee David's latest book. I find him delightfully funny, sprinkled with munchable pages was a perfect end to a French h...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Jan 27, 2019
    If you like the author David Sedaris, you will enjoy this book as well since the delights and disasters of buying an apartment in Paris are somewhat reminiscent of his work. World famous chef, David Lebovitz, decides to move to Paris from the US and make it his home.....a place to wri...
  • Neil Plakcy
    Aug 02, 2017
    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. ...
  • Mary
    Mar 07, 2018
    This was described to me as "the book that will ruin your House Hunters International Fantasies", and boy, did it ever! Leibovitz does a great job taking you through the process of procuring? and creating? his Paris home, which is alternatively delightful and, well... a little bori...
  • Ann Mah
    Jun 13, 2018
    At once witty and wistful, this tale of French home ownership and renovation had me crying tears of hilarity and frustration. David is a charming narrator and while this story could have been a flimsy fairytale, it quickly veered into the horror genre ;) ...
  • Randal White
    Jul 25, 2017
    Will blow away your House Hunters International fantasy! Lebovitz is an American chef and cookbook author who moved to Paris to advance his career. I have read his previous books, and he is a talented and engaging author. This particular book is about his search for, purchase of, and r...
  • Holly
    Jan 03, 2018
    More David Lebovitz on life in Paris. L'Appart concerns exactly what the title suggests - his experiences in buying and renovating a Paris apartment. It's a years-long process that he occasionally regrets embarking on, but it's told with humor and interesting details and portraits of r...
  • Beverly Swerling
    Jan 04, 2018
    Obviously my friends and family know I adore memoir in general and chef/food/cookery memoir maybe most of all. I got two such for Christmas. (Will review the second shortly.) The author of L'Appart is David Lebovitz whose blog, Living the Sweet Life in Paris, is one of the best foo...
  • M. Sarki
    Feb 06, 2018
    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/170569... Hard to imagine a cookbook being a truly interesting read, or even a memoir detailing the purchase and renovation of a Paris metal shop into a home. Every bit of the construction process is examined and revealed including the frustrating sear...
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    Sep 04, 2018
    I won an uncorrected proof advanced reading copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library. ...
  • Angela
    Jan 14, 2018
    I?m a diehard francophile who has read many books about the expat experience in France. This one describes the unbelievable ride that David Lebovitz had renovating a Paris apartment. ?Welcome to my nightmare? comes to mind. There are some sharp insights on culture and language, a...
  • Mister Moose
    Oct 27, 2017
    I'm sorry to say so but this is a terribly dull book, and I'm frankly amazed that a good editor didn't collar the writer and get him to tell a better and less willingly self-involved story. ...
  • Ericca
    Jan 30, 2019
    3.5 stars....one minute I was LOLing, the next shaking my head in disbelief at all of the problems, & the next my mouth was watering reading the delicious sounding recipes. Definitely makes me think twice about ever doing renovations in an apt in Paris...although, i wouldn?t have...
  • Lucy Burdette
    Dec 03, 2017
    delightful read for Paris lovers and foodies and anyone crazy enough to attempt renovations in France! ...
  • Danielle
    Sep 27, 2017
    I have one of David's previous books, "The Sweet Life" but I haven't gotten around to reading it. So this is my first book that's been written by him. I am a total sucker for all things French and especially Parisian, so of course I was thrilled to read a memoir set in Paris. Overal...
  • Bett
    Nov 27, 2018
    I enjoyed the first half or so of this book -- and really the whole thing, for its writing -- but then it got to me. David ("Daveed") Lebovitz' voice is warm and charming, and there are yummy looking recipes scattered about, and he lives IN PARIS; what's not to love? I'll tell you what...
  • Nora|KnyguDama
    Jun 06, 2018
    K? rei?kia kraustymasis, nauj? nam? apyvokos daikt? paie?kos, interjero k?rimas, nam? atmosferos auginimas tikrai ?inau. Lygiai taip pat ?inau k? rei?kia ie?koti ger? darbinink?, meistr? geban?i? laiku ir pagal tavo skon? atlikti pavestus darbus. Galiu galv? guldyti...
  • Deanna
    Nov 30, 2017
    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...
  • Wendy Greene
    Dec 28, 2017
    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 go...
  • Meghan McGhee
    Jan 22, 2019
    I did not enjoy this book, I read about 40% before switching to the audiobook..didn?t help at all. I love reading expat accounts of their trials abroad whether it?s traveling, romance or like this book, buying/renting a home. This book was a long whine about things being differe...
  • Maggie
    Oct 02, 2017
    I really liked David Lebovitz's first book set in Paris so I was looking forward to reading this advanced copy. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book and found it very forced. Lebovitz recounts his adventures in buying an apartment in Paris. He starts off by telling us that looking...
  • Holly LaDue
    Feb 02, 2018
    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 det...