The Sweet Life in Paris
What an utterly fun book!
It took me a long time to read this book, not because of the writing, but because of the exceptional writing. The book is full of gems that you’ll want to highlight, not to mention the numerous recipes that make me wish I had the physical book and not the Kindle version. To those who love to cook–especially desserts–get the hardcover!
David writes straight out about what it’s like for an American with a smattering of French language skills to pick up and move to France. He dove into the culture, the people, the place, and made his own way. He admits to his mistakes and the corrective lessons the French were only too happy to provide.
If you think a foreign country relocation is in your future, I’d say to read this book and ponder what you’ll really be up against–and the delightful gifts you’ll receive.
Here’s a quote from near the end of the book:
“What helped was that I understand the food and tried my best to adapt to the culture, rather than trying to make the culture adapt to me. More important, though, I learned to take the time to get to know people, especially the vendors and merchants, who would patiently explain their wares to me.”
He’s all about learning and learning some more and waking up the next day to learn again. And there’s a lesson we all need to cling to.