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Editorial Reviews


"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 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402264119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402264115
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(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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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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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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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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