Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Book Recommendation: Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)

I bought the book Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas to read on my birthday trip. In fact, I had her words in mind when I was exploring the many pastry shops of the North End in Boston.

The author is a Francophile who had a dream job opportunity in Paris and moved there for a couple of years and chronicled the majority of this exciting time in this treat of a book. Having a major sweet tooth, she details the desserts of her two home cities, New York and Paris. The reader can enjoy her many pastry shop recommendations. Before I travel to Paris (someday!), I will have to flip through it for stops for the best pain au chocolat and macaron! Her passionate writing makes it absolutely mouth-watering!

I liked how she articulated her struggle to feel at home in just one of these two cities even more than her detailed descriptions of sweets. She desperately wanted to belong. To simply decide on one city. She felt so foreign in both. Her Parisian experience was so life-changing that Manhattan didn't seem to fit either! I know from personal experience, that living abroad in a place you love changes your values. It seems to be an issue for the expat as well... Even though she did complain a lot, I found it very down-to-earth and honest. It also highlighted interesting differences in culture. A sweet was always a comfort to help get her through tough times!

Go buy or borrow it now!


  1. Living abroad does change your values. Moving back to the states where people get annoyed if a shop closes early some day was shocking when we came from a place where most shops closed by 5 or 6, were closed on Sundays, and a ton of bank holidays. I loved knowing that the people who work got that time for themselves and their family. I love that Sundays could be grabbing some wine and food and heading to the local gardens.

    I'll have to look into getting this book. If you want a good pain au chocolat, Patisserie in Baltimore has some excellent ones!

    1. I agree. Even though I have really strong work ethic, I truly appreciate when a shop closes so the employees can live their lives. And that they actually celebrate holidays instead of working extended hours on them! Work to live, not live to work!

      I may have to go to Patisserie! Thank you so much for the recommendation! In fact, I'll look it up and find out where it is located now!