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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Thomas
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Book Description

"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

Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.

But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle's rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you're meant to live doesn't always taste like the one you envisioned.

Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.

"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 seduces us in the same manner that Paris seduced her —one exquisite morsel at a time."—Nichole Robertson, author of Paris in Color



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"Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises." ---David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris

About the Author

Amy Thomas is a writer based in Paris and New York. 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. Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audio books and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as the prestigious Odyssey Award. She has received numerous starred audio reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402264119
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LOQX3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of food descriptions, with no real plot. February 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
(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!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By AnneB
Format:Paperback
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected May 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet read
Take a fun foody trip through NY and Paris. Wonderful calorie rich descriptions of every scrumptious morsel. I ate it up.
Published 1 month ago by Kari
5.0 out of 5 stars J'adore
Food and traveling are my favorite things, and Amy Thomas writes about both beautifully. This book is fun, interesting and has some excellent tips about Paris and New York.
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with great information
Great book that just makes me want to eat my way around Paris!
Published 3 months ago by brynmb1
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...I've read better memoirs of living in France than this one
The idea here is awesome! Get sent off to Paris by your work to live and enjoy all that lovely Frenchness. But I found Ms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ravenous Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it a lot.
Published 8 months ago by Queen Esther
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like sweets....
Then this book is for you! A yummy trip through two cities and quite the easy read. I enjoyed it.
Published 9 months ago by Jon Huether
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet read
I read this book before my last trip to Paris...it was great to go check out some of the patisseries, bakeries and candy shops. : )
Mmmmmm
Published 9 months ago by Susanna Pitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris is truly sweet!
A lovely guide to the delicious side of Paris.
Published 9 months ago by Linda Jacobs Atamian
2.0 out of 5 stars Great sweets guide- terrible life guide
Pros- This book proved to be a wonderful guide to exploring sweets in Paris and New York. The writer very obviously knows what she's talking about when it comes to food. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Payne
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This woman is a copywriter? She can't write. The book is so awfully written and full of clichés. Thank goodness I didn't pay for this dreadful book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by book lover
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