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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) Paperback – February 1, 2012
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"Follow Amy Thomas's quest in Paris to find the tastiest chocolates, towering gâteaux, 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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." - 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 delightful surprise that I enjoyed immensely." - Sweet Tidbits
"A fun and light romp through the boulangeries, patisseries, and chocolatiers of New York City and Paris." - Lit Chick
"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
"Reading this book made my mouth salivate and I craved macaroons and cupcakes and all things yummy." - Book Girl of Mur-y Castell
"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
"Needless to say, I inhaled the book, much like I would a box of macarons. Pierre Hermé or Laduree. It felt as though Amy were telling me her story in person, over a chocolat chaud." - Love in the City of Lights
"Truly a wonderful read about sweets and how to get through life in a new country by yourself. " - Book Hounds
"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
"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
"Ms. Thomas' writing is engaging and her way of describing a cake can make your mouth water. " - Broken TeePee
"Shortly after starting this book I was highlighting paragraphs, jotting down must go to places...I loved this!" - Bookworm with a View
"If an Air France flight is not in your budget, Paris, My Sweet should satiate any cravings you might have." - TheFrisky.com
"I read it all in one night...it's one of those make-you-smile-inside books." - Kathy YL Chan
"Less a memoir than an anecdotal travelogue to delectable desserts - this could easily be titled Sweets and the Single Girl. " - Lit Chick
"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
"A starry-eyed tour of the City of Light's best pâtisseries, 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
"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
"[The] storyline kept me engaged and, of course, the chocolate descriptions kept me salivating." - Bookshipper
"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
"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
"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
About the Author
Amy Thomas is a New Yorkbased 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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While this book is not Jane Austen, it is still a delightful book. I found it to be a very easy and breazy read. It was short and SWEET(pun intended). This book is filled with detailed descriptions of desserts and the stores they came from. I found myself going online to look up many of the places and desserts while reading Paris My Sweet. I also started craving many of the sweets. I have taken cooking lessons in New York and loved it! Now I would love to take cooking classes in Paris too.
Amy Thomas loves New York City as much as she does Paris. I love New York City too. I do not live there anymore, but I totally understand how Amy feels about New York. I think it is one of the greatest cultural centers in America. There is always something going on, things to do, places to go and great places to eat. I appreciate the comparisions of the two cities in the book. I appreciate Amy Thomas's honesty about the people in France and how she felt very lonely at times because of it. It is not something that I haven't heard before. Never the less Amy Thomas was still able to enjoy the country she fell in love with as a college student. Miss Thomas made me want to get on a plane straight away and head for France.
One of the reasons I enjoyed Paris My Sweet is because Amy Thomas did something that I have dreamed about doing since I was a teenager. I admire any woman who moves to another country by herself leaving her family and friends behind. It can be scary, but mostly I see it as a wonderful adventure. I did not think the author should have been upset because her friends were getting married and having babies. Moving to France to live and work is equally exciting. Not to mention all the trips you can make to other Eurpoean countries while you are living in France. I would be happy about my friends getting married and having children, and even happier about me living in France. And if things did not turn out as expected in France I would have explored another country over there to move to. Maybe Miss Thomas would have found love and romance in England? Spain? Switzerland? Italy?
I would love to get an update on Amy Thomas now. Does she have a boyfriend now? Would she move to Paris for good?
It was a pleasure for me to review this book on my blog. The only books that I reveiw on my blog are the ones I like.
Amy Thomas, thank you very much for writing this book. I appreciate it even if some people didn't. I think a lot of people do appreciate it as much as I do. Please give us an update on how your life is going now Miss Thomas.
includes a lot about New York City, which was ok with me. I only cared about the food experiences, the rest was skimmable, but
she moved fast so it wasn't a problem.
But there's the other side...the whining, spoiled child. There was enough good information offered that I plugged my way on through, but my overall ennui with her disagreeable nature brought my rating way, way down. I kept waiting & hoping for her to actually grow from the experience & share what she had learned.
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