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""A sweet and charming tale of Paris through the eyes of a cake-lover. Willie Wonka for grown ups -- and a guide to some of the sweetest destinations in the City of Light.
" - Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Sweet

""Amy Thomas's descriptions of the delicious delights in Paris and New York had me almost licking the pages."
" - Rachel Khoo, author of Little Paris Kitchen

""Amy's adventures in "Paris, My Sweet" are of fairy tale magnitude. Her story is infectious and contagious in every way and has reminded me of so many of my own memories walking down those very streets and nibbling on those one of a kind Parisian treats. This book made me smile."" - Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award Winner, Author of Dessert FourPlay, Head Judge Top Chef Just Desserts

""Such a charming, heartfelt book. "Paris, My Sweet" is as dainty and decadent as a box of pastel macarons, a bewitching tale of a young woman's love affair with two iconic cities and the confections found in each one."" - Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese

""Dessert lovers will devour this one... Amy Thomas draws the reader into the comfort of sweets seemingly found on every street corner in Paris, creating a delectable fantasy world. As a self-professed sugarholic, this memoir/travelogue/dessert guide to New York and Paris is a rare, nostalgic treat - equal parts charm, style, and wit."" - Pichet Ong, chef and author of The Sweet Spot

""Do not read this book on an empty stomach...After a couple of chapters, I was ready to throw the book aside and hop a jet to either city just to get my hands on some of the food she described."" - Working Title

"A sweet and charming tale of Paris through the eyes of a cake-lover. Willie Wonka for grown ups -- and a guide to some of the sweetest destinations in the City of Light." - Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Sweet

"Such a charming, heartfelt book. "Paris, My Sweet" is as dainty and decadent as a box of pastel macarons, a bewitching tale of a young woman's love affair with two iconic cities and the confections found in each one." - Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese

"Dessert lovers will devour this one... Amy Thomas draws the reader into the comfort of sweets seemingly found on every street corner in Paris, creating a delectable fantasy world. As a self-professed sugarholic, this memoir/travelogue/dessert guide to New York and Paris is a rare, nostalgic treat - equal parts charm, style, and wit." - Pichet Ong, chef and author of The Sweet Spot

"Do not read this book on an empty stomach...After a couple of chapters, I was ready to throw the book aside and hop a jet to either city just to get my hands on some of the food she described." - Working Title

"More than just a tasty treat, "Paris, My Sweet" is a lot like fine chocolate--deep, rich and complex." - Jamie Cat Callan, author of French Women Don't Sleep Alone and Bonjour, Happiness!

"From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable." - Elizabeth Bard, bestselling author of Lunch in Paris

"Amy's adventures in "Paris, My Sweet" are of fairy tale magnitude. Her story is infectious and contagious in every way and has reminded me of so many of my own memories walking down those very streets and nibbling on those one of a kind Parisian treats. This book made me smile." - Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award Winner, Author of Dessert FourPlay, Head Judge Top Chef Just Desserts

"Ms. Thomas really knows her desserts and she has without question uncovered a treasure trove of destination spots to sample all manner of sweets in Paris and New York." - New York Journal of Books

"In her book, she paints a colorful picture of both macaron-mad New Yorkers and cupcake-crazed Parisians." - New York Post

"Do not read this on an empty stomach, or if you're on a diet. The author even had me craving desserts I'm allergic to." - That Artsy Reader Girl

"There are a number of paragraphs describing foods so rich and sweet that I thought I might develop second-hand cavities from her descriptions." - The Novel World

"Quick, breezy [this book] will make you want to travel to Paris and gorge on cake immediately." - Tiny Library

"An enjoyable read, and will certainly appeal to all travelers and gourmands." - The Story Girl Book Reviews

"A delectable memoir [and] sumptuous tribute to the sweet splendors of Paris and New York." - Booklist

"You will not regret letting Amy Thomas give you her Parisian tour in "Paris, My Sweet". Grab a postcard of the Eiffel Tower and a few bars of chocolate and prepare to be transported!" - The Allure of Books

"A fun and light romp through the boulangeries, patisseries, and chocolatiers of New York City and Paris." - Lit Chick

"A delightful surprise that I enjoyed immensely." - Sweet Tidbits

"Irresistible, but really dangerous if you are on a diet." - Words and Peace

Follow Amy Thomas's quest in Paris to find the tastiest chocolates, towering g teaux, and most sublime macarons while crisscrossing the Atlantic. Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises.

Such a charming, heartfelt book. "Paris, My Sweet" is as dainty and decadent as a box of pastel macarons, a bewitching tale of a young woman's love affair with two iconic cities and the confections found in each one.

A sweet and charming tale of Paris through the eyes of a cake-lover. Willie Wonka for grown ups -- and a guide to some of the sweetest destinations in the City of Light.

Amy Thomas's descriptions of the delicious delights in Paris and New York had me almost licking the pages.


Dessert lovers will devour this one... Amy Thomas draws the reader into the comfort of sweets seemingly found on every street corner in Paris, creating a delectable fantasy world. As a self-professed sugarholic, this memoir/travelogue/dessert guide to New York and Paris is a rare, nostalgic treat - equal parts charm, style, and wit.

More than just a tasty treat, "Paris, My Sweet" is a lot like fine chocolate--deep, rich and complex.

Amy's adventures in "Paris, My Sweet" are of fairy tale magnitude. Her story is infectious and contagious in every way and has reminded me of so many of my own memories walking down those very streets and nibbling on those one of a kind Parisian treats. This book made me smile.

From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable.

Do not read this book on an empty stomach...After a couple of chapters, I was ready to throw the book aside and hop a jet to either city just to get my hands on some of the food she described.

There are a number of paragraphs describing foods so rich and sweet that I thought I might develop second-hand cavities from her descriptions.

Ms. Thomas really knows her desserts and she has without question uncovered a treasure trove of destination spots to sample all manner of sweets in Paris and New York.

Do not read this on an empty stomach, or if you're on a diet. The author even had me craving desserts I'm allergic to.

In her book, she paints a colorful picture of both macaron-mad New Yorkers and cupcake-crazed Parisians.

Quick, breezy [this book] will make you want to travel to Paris and gorge on cake immediately.

An enjoyable read, and will certainly appeal to all travelers and gourmands.

You will not regret letting Amy Thomas give you her Parisian tour in "Paris, My Sweet". Grab a postcard of the Eiffel Tower and a few bars of chocolate and prepare to be transported!

A delectable memoir [and] sumptuous tribute to the sweet splendors of Paris and New York.

A delightful surprise that I enjoyed immensely.

A fun and light romp through the boulangeries, patisseries, and chocolatiers of New York City and Paris.

Charming, funny and as scrumptious as the dessert menus it exalts, "Paris, My Sweet" explores the heady-but-fleeting sweet moments and the richer, longer-lasting satisfaction of creating a life in a new city from scratch. With mouthwatering descriptions (and addresses!) of Thomas's favorite sweet spots on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is a treasure map for readers searching for the life they were meant to live--or simply on the lookout for their next favorite cookie or croissant.

Reading this book made my mouth salivate and I craved macaroons and cupcakes and all things yummy.

Irresistible, but really dangerous if you are on a diet.

Believe me, if you read this book while hungry then you're making a huge mistake. You need to read this book with a dozen different pastries to keep you going because Thomas's descriptions are just mouth-watering.

Needless to say, I inhaled the book, much like I would a box of macarons. Pierre Herm or Laduree. It felt as though Amy were telling me her story in person, over a chocolat chaud.

Truly a wonderful read about sweets and how to get through life in a new country by yourself.

Anyone with a sweet tooth will agree Amy makes a great case for eating dessert for dinner. I devoured her book in two days.

Amy smartly puts a full address list of all the Paris and New York sweet shops so you can rent a Velib bicycle and track them just like she did.

Ms. Thomas' writing is engaging and her way of describing a cake can make your mouth water.

Shortly after starting this book I was highlighting paragraphs, jotting down must go to places...I loved this!

I pretty much drooled my way through "Paris, My Sweet". It was delectably delicious. Ms. Thomas's writing is fresh and fun.

Amy highlights the challenges and the rewards as she eats her way through the City of Light.

I found myself craving to have a serving of what she was describing right in front of me as I read the book.

The descriptions of the food Thomas enjoyed in Paris are some of the best I have ever read, and I have read a lot of foodie books.

A charming, easy-to-read weekend book jaunt to inspire one's own neighbourhood search for most delectable mouthfuls.

Amy's book is full of sweet eating tales of both New York and Paris.

Part memoir, part sweets-filled travel guide, this light book is a bonbon for anyone planning to spend time in either city (or just dreaming they will).

Do not read this book on an empty stomach. It may trigger mad dashes to your nearest bakery, or worse, travel agency.

Warning: If you do not have chocolate nearby, do not read this book. Under any circumstance.In fact, make sure you BUY chocolate ahead of time. Or a cupcake and read it alongside.

"A memoir on moving from NYC to Paris for a whole new set of adventures, with an emphasis on trying all of the desserts! (The way she describes them is just magic.)" - Helen Hearts

"Fortunately for the rest of us, she shares her tasty discoveries in a book that is easily and delightfully devoured." - Parisien Salon

"If you're a chocolate, or sweets in general, aficionado, this is a fun read and is very much a tour of all things delicious la Paris and NYC." - A Work in Progress

"A delicious, delectable gem of a book." - Alexa Loves Books

""Paris, My Sweet" is a guidebook of sorts, but it's also just a fun and decadent read-I devoured it in less than 48 hours, pausing only to scrounge up some chocolate now and again." - Hip Paris

"I strongly suggest this book for you chocoholics out there." - Minding Spot

"The descriptions Amy gives us of all these goodies makes your mouth water and at times I felt sure I could smell the sugary sweetness right through my iPad. All the chocolate oh my! It sounds like a piece of heaven for sure!" - Peeking Between the Pages

"You don't have to be a francophile to enjoy this book. If you love desserts and heart-warming stories, you will devour it!" - Misadventures with Andi

"If you live in New York or Paris, or plan to visit either, and have a sweet tooth, this is a book that you will want to pick up. It is fun...and delicious." - A Lovely Shore Breeze

"I think I gained ten pounds just reading [this memoir]." - Eva's Sanctuary

"Amy as a narrator is fantastic...beauty of the food and the city are written about with such passion and detail that I could almost believe I'd been there." - 104 Reviews

"The way she describes the sweets is like a designer describing their latest creation. I found myself completely absorbed in not only the sweets but the places she was describing." - Radiant Light

"If you have a sweet tooth then you'll love this book!" - Books with Coffee

"Follow Amy Thomas's quest in Paris to find the tastiest chocolates, towering g teaux, and most sublime macarons while crisscrossing the Atlantic. Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises." - David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris

"Amy Thomas's descriptions of the delicious delights in Paris and New York had me almost licking the pages." - Rachel Khoo, author of Little Paris Kitchen

"I pretty much drooled my way through "Paris, My Sweet". It was delectably delicious. Ms. Thomas's writing is fresh and fun." - Anna's Book Blog

"Amy smartly puts a full address list of all the Paris and New York sweet shops so you can rent a Velib bicycle and track them just like she did." - I Prefer Paris

"Amy highlights the challenges and the rewards as she eats her way through the City of Light." - Aloha On My Mind

"Shortly after starting this book I was highlighting paragraphs, jotting down must go to places...I loved this!" - Bookworm with a View

"Ms. Thomas' writing is engaging and her way of describing a cake can make your mouth water. " - Broken TeePee

"Anyone with a sweet tooth will agree Amy makes a great case for eating dessert for dinner. I devoured her book in two days." - Paris I'm Perfect

"Truly a wonderful read about sweets and how to get through life in a new country by yourself. " - Book Hounds

"Needless to say, I inhaled the book, much like I would a box of macarons. Pierre Herm or Laduree. It felt as though Amy were telling me her story in person, over a chocolat chaud." - Love in the City of Lights

"The descriptions of the food Thomas enjoyed in Paris are some of the best I have ever read, and I have read a lot of foodie books." - The Book Garden

"Charming, funny and as scrumptious as the dessert menus it exalts, "Paris, My Sweet" explores the heady-but-fleeting sweet moments and the richer, longer-lasting satisfaction of creating a life in a new city from scratch. With mouthwatering descriptions (and addresses!) of Thomas's favorite sweet spots on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is a treasure map for readers searching for the life they were meant to live--or simply on the lookout for their next favorite cookie or croissant." - Shelf Awareness

"Believe me, if you read this book while hungry then you're making a huge mistake. You need to read this book with a dozen different pastries to keep you going because Thomas's descriptions are just mouth-watering." - Chick Lit Reviews and News

"I found myself craving to have a serving of what she was describing right in front of me as I read the book." - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"Reading this book made my mouth salivate and I craved macaroons and cupcakes and all things yummy." - Book Girl of Mur-y Castell

"Amy's book is full of sweet eating tales of both New York and Paris." - Paris Breakfast

"With an air of wistful reflection and infectious awe, Amy's tale warms the hearts of die-hard Francophiles and even the most seasoned of expats. To be devoured guiltlessly." - Lost in Cheeseland

"If an Air France flight is not in your budget, "Paris, My Sweet" should satiate any cravings you might have." - TheFrisky.com

"Do not read this book on an empty stomach. It may trigger mad dashes to your nearest bakery, or worse, travel agency." - The Reader Reviewer

"A charming, easy-to-read weekend book jaunt to inspire one's own neighbourhood search for most delectable mouthfuls." - Apprentice Writer

"Warning: If you do not have chocolate nearby, do not read this book. Under any circumstance.In fact, make sure you BUY chocolate ahead of time. Or a cupcake and read it alongside." - A Fair Substitute for Heaven

"Part memoir, part sweets-filled travel guide, this light book is a bonbon for anyone planning to spend time in either city (or just dreaming they will)." - Pursuist

"Less a memoir than an anecdotal travelogue to delectable desserts - this could easily be titled Sweets and the Single Girl. " - Lit Chick

"I read it all in one night...it's one of those make-you-smile-inside books." - Kathy YL Chan

"If you love Paris and New York (what a perfect combination) plus a dose of the sweet then this is the delicious memoir to indulge in." - French Essence

"I fell in love with this book from page one." - Bless Their Hearts Mom

"A bonbon of a book." - USA Today

"Grab yourself a slice of your favourite dessert, a nice cup of tea and settle in to read a book that is meant to be devoured." - Chocolate and Croissants

""Paris, My Sweet" was a great way to journey [to Paris] and eat the desserts without any of the guilt." - My House of Books

"Whether Thomas is writing about macaroons, the cupcake craze in Paris, what makes French toast so delicious, or the power of chocolate chip cookies, you'll be willing to follow the writer any place she goes." - 1330V

"The ultimate guide to eating in Paris (and New York) and you can bet I'll be using this as my sweet tooth guide the next time the hubby and I make it to Paris." - Cheeky Reads

"Spolier alert: There's molten chocolate cake and salted caramel involved." - Little Brown Pen

"Anything but a predictable read on desserts, Thomas' palette for all things sweet should be on every Sweet Freak's to taste list. This certainly is one dark chocolate journey you need to go down." - Haut App tit

"A starry-eyed tour of the City of Light's best p tisseries, juxtaposed with the American-style treats of her beloved New York." - Adventures in Food, France and Beyond

"It's fun, it's tooth-achingly sweet, and I loved every minute! " - All Things Luxurious

"[The] storyline kept me engaged and, of course, the chocolate descriptions kept me salivating." - Bookshipper

"If you have a sweet tooth, if you want to live vicariously through the eyes of Amy Thomas as she spends time in both Paris and New York, then this may be a good choice for you." - Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

"The book is an entertaining memoir about a girl and her love for Paris [as well as her struggle with loving New York too]." - Gourmet Galley

"Though I don't recommend reading this tribute to deliciousness during a 21-day-juice cleanse you'd surely lose the will to go on it's the perfect book any other time you find yourself in need of geographic or baked escapism." - The Chalkboard Magazine

"This little book is a treat for the senses and the mind. You will feel as if you are on a sweet ride with Amy." - Maurice on Books

""Paris, My Sweet" A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) (Sourcebooks) balances her unexpected homesickness-often taking the form of a yen for Billy's cupcakes and Levain cookies-with delicious new findings, including sexy boutique chocolatiers (Pigalle's L'Etoile d'Or) and Paris' best madeleine purveyor (Bl Sucr )." - VOGUE.com

"Thomas's story in "Paris, My Sweet" is inspiring in her quest to redefine her life for herself--and of course, will leave readers longing for a quick dash into a Parisian bakery." - Shelf Awareness for Readers

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Amy Thomas is a New York based writer who, for two lucky years, got to call Paris home. In addition to working as a copywriter in advertising, she writes about food, travel, design, and fashion for various publications such as the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is slightly obsessed with sweets.

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Amy Thomas beschreibt in diesem Buch ihre Zeit in Paris: als sie die Gelegenheit bekommt, in Paris bei Louis Vuitton zu arbeiten, ergreift sie die Gelegenheit beim Schopf: Paris ist ihre Traumstadt, seit sie einmal ein Monat dort gelebt hat. Es fällt ihr zwar schwer, NY hinter sich zu lassen, hat sie doch viele Freunde dort; doch die meisten sind gerade dabei, eine Familie zu gründen (Amy ist Ende 30) oder haben schon eine, nur Amy führt noch irgendwie das Leben eines Teenies.......

Amy beschreibt in diesem Buch ihre Anfangsmonate in Paris, ihre Einsamkeit, ihr Hin- und Hergerissensein zwischen NY und Paris, zwei unterschiedlichen Welten. Es dauert, bis sie in Paris auch Freunde hat und sich ein wenig zu Hause fühlen kann.

Das ist im Grunde der Inhalt, gibt also nicht wirklich viel her. Der Rest des Buches ist gefüllt mit Beschreibungen diverser Süßspeisen (sie als "Schokoholic" zu bezeichnen, ist wohl noch untertrieben, kennt sie doch jede Patisserie, Boulangerie oder Cafe in Paris bzw. die sweet Hot-Spots in NY) und der Geschäfte, in denen sie sich gerne aufhält. Jegliche Art von Dessert, Kuchen etc. wird beschrieben, wo man sie am besten bekommt, warum sie sie mag etc.........obwohl ich selbst mindestens genauso verrückt nach süßen Dingen bin, hat mich das doch irgendwie gelangweilt und ich hätte lieber mehr von ihrem Leben erfahren......doch da die Monate in Paris anscheinend nicht so viel an "action" hergeben, werden eben die Süßspeisen beschrieben.

Es ist also im Grunde kein Buch mit wirklicher Handlung, kein typischer "Chick-Lit" Roman, als der er erscheint. Gut.
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sweet mother francis. Dieses Buch war so affreux, das mir die Macarons verwest sind. Ich hatte es acheté, weil ich Frankreich und auch Paris liebe, und nebenbei halb in Berlin und halb in San Francisco lebe. Ich spreche deutsch, français, italiano und english und dachte dieses livre könnte das beste beider Welten zeigen. Stattdessen brachte es meine chaussettes zum heulen. Die Pâtisserie-Adressen kann man genau so gut auch auf Yelp finden. Dort findet man sogar echte Geheim-Tipps, ohne "First-World-Problem"-Geheule.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lots of food descriptions, with no real plot. 24. Februar 2012
Von Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
(Originally posted on my blog, That Artsy Reader Girl. I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for this review.)

The idea of this memoir is pretty adorable. I love Paris, I love New York, and I love desserts! I envy that Amy Thomas got to fly off to live in Paris for two years, doing advertising for Louis Vuitton and sampling all the amazing pastries and breads, not to mention the culture itself. The pages of this book are crammed full of bakeries and other foodish places in both Paris and New York. She makes a lot of recommendations for those who plan to travel to either location. Many times I felt like I was reading a menu with really detailed, yummy dessert descriptions. Do not read this on an empty stomach, or if you're on a diet. The author even had me craving desserts I'm allergic to!

She also talks a lot about the history of various bakeries and dessert creations. Like the original chocolate chip cookie was a mistake. Someone accidentally dropped a chocolate bar in their cookie dough, and decided to go with the flow. A star was born. There's lots of cool tidbits of information that I enjoyed reading about. I learned quite a bit.

Of course, she adds in personal stories from her past, as well as her time in Paris. My favorite one is when her parents fly to Paris to visit her. She describes all the touristy stuff there is to do, and she made me want to visit even more. She takes them to this one tearoom called Angelina's, that sells the best hot chocolate in the world. She compares it to melted truffles. YUM. Coco Chanel used to have her 5:00 tea there everyday, and Audrey Hepburn popped in frequently. I looked this place up online, and it is GORGEOUS (and majorly expensive). I need to go!

There were a few things that caused me to drop my rating of this book. I loved the idea, but the execution could have been stronger. I don't speak or read French, and there is a TON of French in this book with no translations! She has a conversation with a woman who runs a bakery, and it was entirely in French. I could kind of make out what the general idea of the conversation was, but I had no idea what they were saying. She also used a lot of French phrases in the middle of her English sentences. It took away from my enjoyment, because I kept getting frustrated that I was missing something important. I just wish a parenthetical translation were there, or a footnote. Something. The author also writes really long, flowery sentences (sometimes the size of a lengthy paragraph) that are extremely wordy lists of stuff. She does this a lot (sometimes 2-3 times per page), and it gets kind of tiring.

Finally, she's a complainer. She complains a lot about being single, and how all of her friends are pairing off. She complains about Paris, her job, her lack of friends, how her jeans are tighter than they used to be (which they should be with everything she eats! Haha), her lack of French skills, and how she misses New York. But then she goes back to visit NYC, and mopes and complains about how it's not upscale enough for her anymore. And THEN she goes back to Paris and complains that she misses New York. I understand that it's hard uprooting your life and moving to a foreign city. And I can totally understand why she felt like this. But filling her memoir with complaints didn't make much sense to me. She spent a lot of the book sporting the "the grass is always greener on the other side" mentality, and I got tired of it. She was giddy about food. Food solved all of her problems. I wish she'd expressed more of her happiness in other areas of life.

Overall, this was a moderately enjoyable read. The author has a few coming of age moments, and you can tell she learned a lot about herself during her time abroad. I appreciated her human side, but wished for a little more depth. She either talked at great length about food or her hardships. I enjoyed reading about the food, but I got sick of it towards the latter part of the book (it started to feel about as exciting as a cookbook without the recipes). Maybe Paris, My Sweet should be read in small doses, along with another book. I might have appreciated it more that way. If you love New York and Paris, this book will take you there. And if you love torturing your dieting self with amazing sounding pastries, this is the book for you! At least reading about calories doesn't plaster them to your hips, right? I've created a Dessert Bucket List now, thanks to Amy Thomas. :)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fun book about Paris with excellent descriptions of the amazing food! 1. Februar 2012
Von AnneB - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Amy Thomas has written a memoir of a time in her life where whe finds herself torn between two cities, Paris and New York. While working in New York and enjoying a fun social life she is given the opportunity through her job to work in Paris. Thomas decides to go for it and shares all of the experiences she has there, the good and the bad. We get to read about what Parisians are really like and we get wonderful descriptions of the amazing food Thomas enjoyed while in Paris.

First I have to say that the descriptions of the food Thomas enjoyed in Paris are some of the best I have ever read, and I have read a lot of foodie books. They were quite a few times I was really craving a warm slice of French bread, a perfect cupcake, or a delicious piece of dark chocolate. The sections about the food were for me the best parts of the book.

Thomas also spends a lot of time writing about the difficulties she had to adjusting to living in France. I really felt for her when she talked about her difficulties with the language and her loneliness while in Paris. I am sure it would be very difficult to live alone in Paris and try to find your own way.

A lot of the book is also spent with Thomas dealing with so many of her friends getting married and having children while she was still single at 36. She really takes an honest look at the decisions she made in her life and tries to come to terms with the decisions she made and I admired for that.

The only problem I had with the book was that while I did love the parts about the food, after a while they became almost too much for me. There were too many detailed descriptions of all of the different shops she went to and all of the different food she tried. I found myself skimming over some sections after a while. Other than that it was a great look at what it would be like to live in Paris for a time and I know I am still craving some of those yummy sounding French treats!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not What I Expected 18. Mai 2012
Von Fiona Ellen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Amy Thomas is thrilled to be living and working in Paris. She writes detailed descriptions of breads and desserts and compares these to New York City's desserts. She also describes her work experiences as an advertising writer for Louis Vuitton and the friends she makes there. Her quest for a Paris romance is never fulfilled, but her quest to experience a life in Paris is fulfilled. I can only give this book one star for many reasons. First, it felt disorganized because, even though she divided her memoir into chapters centered on different sweets, such as bonbons and cupcakes, she rambled off onto other topics within each chapter. She sprinkled her overly long sentences with swear words, which I found offensive, and French words, which I found frustrating. She just did not stay focused on her theme which seemed to be about French desserts. She bounced from food, to her romantic angst, to friend angst, to trying to decide what to do with her life. I think this book would have been an enjoyable read if she reworked her wordy sentences and tightened up her focus. I am planning a trip to Paris soon and I thought reading this would give me an insider's view of the city. It did not. Finally, how many people reading this book live in New York? I really couldn't care less about New York food because I don't live there.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Author is a whiner...info on Paris sweets is the gem of this book! 22. November 2012
Von A reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I'm not looking to insult here, but I agree the author is a whiner. There are two books here...one on Paris sweets, one on her personal struggles to grow up. The info on pastry and what stores offer the best items is really a nice read and a good help if you are going to Paris. However, the personal reflection on her life never reached a satisfying understanding/resolution and it makes you wonder why it is included. Sometimes she is grateful, sometimes she looks like a brat. I'll take her advice on pastry & chocolate and leave the rest behind.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Meh..... 11. September 2012
Von maximumsmom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The city of light(and dark chocolate)tagline was cute the first time I read it but after she used it over and over in the book I got very sick of it. Her constant whining was also tiring. I wanted to like this book but there were just too many things that drove me crazy. It seemed like a series of magazine articles strung together. It spent too much time contrasting Paris to New York. It claimed to be a book about Paris but almost half of the book was about New York which I care nada about.
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