Book: Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
Publication date: 2012
Pages: 280 (according to Goodreads)
Source: Purchased e-book
Summary: Amy Thomas leaves her favorite city, New York, for her other favorite city, Paris. The ex-pat life puts these two places in sharp contrast, giving her a chance to compare the relative merits of everything from adventure vs belonging, to career vs comfort, to macarons vs cupcakes.
Thoughts: I loaded this e-book on my phone before our trip to France. Since it took nearly the whole trip to read Paris (Book Review: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd), I didn’t start reading Paris, My Sweet until the plane trip home. Of course, I instantly wanted to turn around and go back. How did I forget to try a Nutella crepe from a street vendor? More than one person told me to get one. I liked the Ladurée macarons, but maybe I should have tried Pierre Hermé, as well. I enjoyed delicious croissants at the breakfast buffets, but would one from a good patisserie be even better?
Alongside the Paris treats, Thomas also takes us on a grand tour of similar items in New York City. The next time I’m in the Big Apple, I’ll want to check out cupcakes, carrot cake, and chocolate chip cookies — not to mention all the French-themed bakeries that have opened to please Paris-loving New Yorkers.
This reads like a memoir, though, not a special phone book with mouth-watering descriptions of sweets. We learn about Thomas’s work writing for Louis Vuitton, about her cares and concerns as a single woman in her 30s, and about her pleasure in showing friends and family around her adopted city.
Appeal: Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas will appeal to anyone who eats sweets in Paris or New York, whether as a resident or tourist.
Challenges: This is my sixth book for the Books on France 2013 Challenge. I originally signed up for three books and I’m still reading books on France so that number is going to keep growing for another month or two.
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Have you read this book? What did you think?