Friday, March 11, 2011

The Sweet Life in Paris

The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious CityThe Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious City 
by David Lebovitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really loved this book. It was like reading a blog in the form of a hardback book. It took half as long as I expected because half of it is recipes. That's where you come in...the part about recipes.

One recipe that caught my attention was on page 12: 

makes 1 serving.
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons creme de cassis
1 glass well-chilled dry white wine, preferably Aligote, or another tangy-dry white wine, such as Chablis or Sauvignon Blanc, will also do.

Pour the creme de cassis into a wineglass.  Add the wine and serve.  The accompaniment of choice, in Paris, is salted peanuts."

It brought back memories of drinks after work at Jacques & Suzanne, a Swiss-French restaurant, located on the top floor of the bank in which I worked.  It is long gone now. However, I give them credit for spawning the "fine dining" culture of our city.  

On page 169 he gives a good list of how to or not to order coffee in Paris.  He defines the coffee choices and recommends which ones to order or maybe not.

He saves the best for last: Dulce de Leche Brownies.  They sound wonderful, that is, if someone is making them for you.  You will like the book and his take on Paris and especially the food/recipes--especially you foodies and passionate cooks.


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