Paris Pâtisserie Event & Booksigning

This Wednesday, October 28th at 7:30pm, I’ll be at the American Library in Paris discussing my favorite topic—dessert!

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I’ll be joined by expert baker Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking, From My Home to Yours and Paris Sweets, and food writer Alec Lobrano, author of Hungry for Paris, for a discussion about pastries, chocolates, confections, and share les bonnes adresses for where to find them in Paris.

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There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as a booksigning* afterward.

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The American Library in Paris
10, rue du Général Camou (7th)
Tél: 01 53 59 12 60
(Map)

*For some reason, whenever I type book ‘signing’, I inadvertently type book ‘singing’, by accident. And to anyone who’s heard me sing, you know that’d be an event few would attend. At least voluntarily.

So if you do come, I promise not to sing.

NOTE: The next event and get-together in Paris will be on December 6th, 2009. For details, visit my Schedule page.

39 comments

  • David, I have a bit of a silly question, is the book availabe for sale there as well? I would love to come to the book signing but would feel pretty silly to be there without your book (I’m kicking myslef for not buying before I left for Paris!).

    -Clare

  • Hi Clare: WHSmith is providing books for the event. I was told by the organizer that these books should be available:

    -The Sweet Life in Paris by me

    -Hungry for Paris by Alec Lobrano

    -Paris Sweets, Desserts by Pierre Hermé, and Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, by Dorie Greenspan

    If you have copies of our other books that you’d like to bring along, we’re happy to sign them!

  • Hi David. I have the same question as Clare. I’ve already your book, that you signed during the event at La Cocotte, but I would love to buy Dorie’s book too and have it signed by her!
    It’s too bad, I’ve bought another copy of your book on Amazon for a friend’s birthday, but it won’t arrive until tomorrow… :(

  • Arrrrrrgh, I’ve got train tickets to Paris for Friday morning! I must be born under an unlucky star or what.

  • Hi David, I have just been to your fair city and am sorry to have missed your book signing (again). Although I can’t call myself unlucky for having spent a week in Paris in September. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog, which certainly enriched my experience. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Wow I can’t believe how lucky I am – when I was in Paris for the summer, in my second week you had a book singing (:o]), and now I am back for just one week and I get to hear you again. And, en plus, together with Dorie Greenspan, who I just discovered for me!
    I am really looking forward to tomorrow evening!

  • i would listen to you sing about dessert.

  • Hope you enjoy the signing :)

    Is your new book next May Ready for Dessert new recipes, or some favourites and some new?

  • See you tomorrow! I look forward to seeing you in person and hearing all the stories and tips from you, Dorie and Alec. Is it possible to stop by earlier and buy the books in time for the event to start at 7:30?

  • Suzen: I don’t know the format of the event so it’s best to call the American Library, linked in the post, for information.

  • this sounds like an amazing event….if only I were in Paris. I say that to myself quite frequently.

  • Any more *singings* planned for say umm…Nov2nd-9th? NO? Oh–just wondering.

    From Jill “I live in the bay area, where there are a lot of sharpie’s and Lipton onion soup mix available :)”

  • I’ll be there! I was thrilled to hear about this event from the Am. Library.

  • I think you sensationalize being both gay and being a good cook. There are so many ex-patriots, like you, in Paris. You are taking advantage of both. Not everyone has the advantage of working with Alice (who, by the way, is more of an inspiration than a real cook).

  • I think the comment by Elissa is both extremely rude and highly irrelevant. What does she care? If she doesn’t like what you’re all about she should just tune out.

    Great blog and lovely books. Living in Sydney I don’t get to Paris very often, but it is one of my favourite places in the whole world and your daily email is a lovely reminder of it.

  • Greetings David, I love your blog and enjoy trying your recipes. Recently
    gave your latest SWEET LIFE IN PARIS to a friend who just moved back
    to New York City. People who leave unkind comments are really pathetic
    individuals. You are just great.

  • Hi David, I only wish I could be there. I went to Paris for the first time this past August.I bought your book- My Sweet Life in Paris – before I went and almost memorized it all and I loved it so much – book traveled with me to Paris.I so enjoy reading your blog and would love to take one of your tours- maybe one day if I ever get to go back.
    Thank you for bringing the love of food and the joy of eating to so many.
    Johnette

  • After living near Geneva for a couple of years and being able to visit Paris several times, I read The Sweet Life in Paris with a smile on face, nodding and laughing at All the things You Must Learn. You got them all! We will be in Paris next September, planning ahead, and hope there will be some event then……….Love the blog, Love Paris!

  • Elissa: The blog is a way to share stories, recipes, and addresses with readers. It’s not intended to come across as ‘sensationalizing’ anything: I write about the good, and sometimes the not-so-good things about Paris.

    I read a number of blogs, written by Australian, white, straight, vegetarian, African-American, gay, vegan, French, lesbian, American, Basque, gluten-free, Korean, and Thai people, and enjoy the diversity of voices that are part of our mix.

    I was fortunate to spend 13 years working at Chez Panisse and yes, Alice was quite inspiring to me as a cook, as well as to other people. As someone who has run a successful restaurant for over three decades, I have a lot of respect for her. I’m really thankful that I was able to work there and got to cook alongside some really terrific people during my time in the kitchen.

    Claire: Thanks! I have friends who’ve been to Sydney and said everything was amazing, especially the food. Hope to make it one day, although the 22 hour flight is somewhat of a deterrent : )

    Sarah: Tell your friend that if they ever want to swap apartments for a week, let me know. I love New York, although I don’t know if I could live there. (In spite of all the mountains of corned beef and black & white cookies!)

    Johnette: Well, if you can’t make it on a tour, I usually provide a little write-up so that you can follow along and create your own Paris chocolate tour!

    Marion: I suspect many of the same things hold true in Switzerland. A friend who lives in Bern was just telling me he went to the train ticket office and although there was no one else there, the man at the booth made him take a number.

    Then he had to wait while the man went methodically through each number that was before his (even though he was alone in the room with the man), before finally calling his.

    I always wonder how many of these goofy things happen in America, that we just overlook since we’re used to them. (Not including the dumb things that the airlines do, of course…)

  • I am puzzled by Elissa’s comment . . .”Alice, who by the way, is more of an inspiration then a real cook”. Does this relegate Alice to a plastic imitation? chopped liver? This woman has obviously never personally experienced ‘the Alice walk’.

    I am pleased to see that you have softened your estimate of the 7th, (American Library), as I am back in California after two years on Avenue Rapp, just around the corner. I have some things i would like to send you if there is an address, e or
    snail, that will forward to you.

    Your blog has become the high point of my morning.
    stanley

  • Cher David–I swear, you are getting to be as much a habit as any chocolate
    I have ever eaten! BTW, yesterday, I motored over to Poco Dolce to pick-up
    some of the gorgeous tiles from Kathy Wiley who supplied your event at Omnivore.
    I stayed in apartments in the 7th on my first visits to Paris. I found it to be such a
    calming (was working full time in advertising at the time) retreat and so convenient for transportation to everywhere and as you point out–during the frequent manifestations–not nowhere.

    Your recent book, The Sweet Life in Paris, is such a hoot. Some of the French ideas which have puzzled me since my very first visit (Never Open a Window–no matter how stifling hot it is–that is one that continues to baffle me yet makes me love them all the more) become completely hilarious with your unique turn of phrase.

    Keep the blog coming–it makes me feel connected to my beloved City.

  • I am arriving in Paris on Mon. Nov 2 for an art exhibit at the Grand Palais, for only 10 days. I am staying in an apt in the 7th with another 2 artists and would have loved to come to your book signing. I am reading your book now and always keep up with your blog. Are you having any other event in Paris between the 2nd and the 11th that I can come to??? Have made some of your ice creams – excellent! I am returning to Paris next June for 6 months of heaven!…..and maybe cooking school. Maybe I will have time then for one of your tours. And meanwhile, you might want to drop by the exhibit on tues eve the 3rd for the vernissage….17h00 to 22h30. It should be an interesting exhibit.
    I think you are a mensch…..well, there’s another word I suddenly can’t spell! Enthusiastic, imaginative, fun and sincere. What else is there in life???? I can’t imagine why anyone would want to write something so snotty as that previous writer did….

  • David, the talk tonight was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed it and you were very funny.
    I didn’t stay for the book signing, mostly because I read your book on my kindle and it would be rather awkward to have you sign that. However, I’m a big fan and really enjoyed the evening and “meeting” you.

  • David,
    Great talk tonight at the American Library in Paris–I’m new to Paris and share many of your same sentiments about life here. I’ve devoted the short time we have (just one year) to discovering as much of the city as possible (food, culture, dessert wise!). Can’t wait to read your book–and will most likely be contacting you in the future for some tours! (We’re starting up a small travel company for France/San Fran & Napa)

    Thanks again–hope to “meet” you again soon!

    p.s. Heard that we just missed you at Hidden Kitchen recently–we were there on the 24th…those guys are amazing!

  • Thanks for a great talk – no awkward silences! A wonderful group, and great books, I have some of my Christmas shopping done, on my patisserie student budget. And, in case you were still worried about losing a few pounds, you did almost squeeze through that little space between the piano and table, so I think you should be back into your skinny jeans already!

  • Was wonderful hearing you tonight, thank you for signing my book!

    Your book has been a huge help in finding some great places in Paris. I will always be thankful for you introducing me to G.Detou, as I know it is a tempting place to keep a secret.

    Question: I’ve visted Jacques Genin a couple of times and always wonder if you can visit the kitchen upstairs? Is this possible, and how do you go about it?

    Thanks again!

  • gloria: I was at a party last summer, in the middle of a beautiful summer evening, and the windows were locked shut. Because everyone was smoking (and it was a magnificent summer evening) I went over to open the window, just a crack, and less than a minute later, someone came by to shut it. It was so hot I finally had to go outside just to cool down—I don’t know how they do it.

    Gillian: I just go up there, but I know him. If you ask, then might let you, although a few people have told me that he’s not letting people up there anymore. But he changes his mind often, so I’d ask.

    Sarah: Thanks! Glad you had fun, although what was I thinking trying to squeeze into that tiny space at my advanced age?

    Kathy: The next event is planned for early December, I’m afraid. Sorry you couldn’t make it..

  • YOU WERE GREAT at AM. Lib last night. absolutely delightful, most interesting, and uplifting. hope to meet with you. -MARJ

    P.S. I also like le Square Trousseau.

  • David,
    it was such a nice evening and all of you three were great, but obviously you were the big star-guest for most. Thanks for entertaining us!
    Hope many people thank you for sharing your experience and you get a little bit back of what you give to your audience!

  • David — thanks for taking part in the discussion last night; my wife and I enjoyed it greatly. One comment: we’re staying around the corner from Gerald Mulot in the 3rd and now understand why his croissants are so much richer than ones from other local boulangeries.

    One question: you’re out for dinner in Paris, finish the main course, have a wonderful pastry, and then — awwwrrrrrggghhh — the worst espresso anywhere. WHY??? This seems to be the case everywhere in Paris: cafes, bistros, restos, etc. And would seem to belie the notion that Parisiennes have a cultivated palate (if they’re willing to put up with such drek). One perverse notion: it is one way to ensure Italians don’t visit.

    Anyway, loved the talk, loved the book. Best regards.

  • Hi Peter: Well, that’s was one point that readers took umbrage with. Some people like the coffee served in France, so perhaps we’re in the minority. A French cook recently told me here, “I hate Italian coffee”, which is pretty odd, since it’s widely considered the best in the world. That doesn’t represent all opinions, but it was interesting to hear from someone who is interested in good food.

    I did talk about the coffee ‘paradox’ in my book, and mentioned some of the reasons I thought the coffee wasn’t quite up to snuff with the rest of the edibles here, one being that people don’t drink the coffee for the taste. (Understandably!)

    You might be interested in my article: Where to find a good cup of coffee in Paris.

  • Hey David!

    So sorry I missed this – I just saw the post two hours too late.

    Anyways, was browsing where to eat in Paris online – I just arrived two weeks ago and have been staging at Lenotre. I am now in Glace Production! It’s cold, very cold, but learning a lot of interesting stuff. Saw you took classes there!

    I’m learning French at a very rapid rate, since no one speaks English in the laboratoire.

    Anyways, would love to meet with you or to go one of your events before I leave…I’m here until Dec. 1. I am a food writer from L.A. (wrote for LA Daily News, TIme Out Beijing, Pasadena Star-News), etc., and I teach Chinese cooking classes. I’m also a burgeoning pastry chef…and I came for the croissants! :)

  • Well-played with the Elissa comment up there. You are a classy guy, and it shows in the way you respond to comments. Good on ya.

    Maaaaan. Am I kicking myself now! This explains why on Monday, WH Smiths seemed a little low in stock of certain books I was going to buy, yours included. They did have copies, but, like, two. More on that in a sec…

    In addition, my computer graphics card was out when this was posted. I was without a computer for a couple of days, and without a way to read this post. I would have been there if I had seen this. I will keep an eye out for future talks and signings (or hell, even singings. I don’t get out much at all, and I’d be totally curious about a David singing, no matter what you say, lol).

    About the “More” part now. While I was in WH Smiths on Monday, I did see your book, I totally intended on purchasing your book, I held it in my hands and thought, “I really DO want to buy this book” but the 25 € price tag held me back. I’m poor. Living off my mate here in Paris. Petite Anglaise’s (Catherine Sanderson’s) book was 11 € 10, and Bryce Corbett’s 16 €. Both, of course, are in paperback already, but I could get these two for about the price of your one. Now, I am in NO WAY criticizing you in this — it’s out of your hands, publishing industry puts out hardcovers first, and honest? For all the work writing is, I wholeheartedly think that a proper price for a book is *absolutely* fair, and if people can afford to buy hardcovers, they should. But it’s too rich for my blood, unfortunately.

    I know that paperbacks often come out about a year after the original hardcover publication. Any word on if and when a paperback version of your book is coming out? I’m itching to read it. I am in a “lollygag in my bed in my Paris apartment reading others’ Paris memoirs rather than live my own” mode right now. Meh. Maybe it is just the transition from summer to autumn. I’m becoming quite insular, not that I have ever really been “outsular” (?) to begin with. I did go out to try the rest of the 12 flavors of the total 25 of Ladurée’s macarons this week, however.

    Oh. WHOOPS. That totally “outs” me as the 12 macarons I scarfed down could have paid for your book. Heh. *blush* Okay, well, anyways, I had to keep things under 50 € that day and I could not have the macarons AND your book and I had had no lunch yet by 3 pm on Monday afternoon. I had to eat *something*. I am sure you understand. :D

    I totally would have sprung 25 € for a *signed* copy, though. Just sayin’. Keep us posted about the paperback sitch, will you?

  • Hi David

    I enjoyed your threesome at the American Library, our local 2nd home. You were as enjoyable in person as you are in writing. I got a decent photo of the three of you and another of you alone if interested.

  • David, Really enjoyed the evening at the American Library and thanks for being so gracious and funny. . Was worried for you that there might not be a large audience, but it was standing room only! Thank you for taking the time to talk to everyone who waited in the queue for your book signing. I carried your Ice Cream book from London to sign for my daugher but had to leave in order to catch the 9pm 120th birthday Eiffel light show. Thanks and will catch you next time!
    Love your blog and emails; refreshing and personal.

  • Karin: I’m not sure of the publication schedule but you can check the Amazon page for The Sweet Life in Paris, which updates when softcover editions become available and can send an alert as well.

    PPB: I had a great time. So many people…yikes! But glad I got a chance to talk to so many afterward.

  • I am currently reading you book “The Sweet Life In Paris”, I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it. My husband and I will be coming to Paris next April and I look forward to sharing some of the sites I love and enjoy. Plus check out your sugestions as well.
    Thanks for the info.
    JR

  • Okay, I confess my head sometimes runs amok in not-so-savory ways, but did anyone else giggle just a little when reading Larry Davis’ comment up there? Just sayin’. ;-)

    Thank you for the idea of checking Amazon, David — I had not thought of that. It says the paperback is slated for release on April 5, 2010 and it shall be $11.20. I am so not going to be able to wait all the way until April, but I just realized Christmas is now only about six weeks away. I am hoping that Santa will be nice to me and stuff my stocking with The Sweet Life in Paris AND some more macarons.

  • David, I ate at “le square Trousseau” today (BTW, next to Muriel Robin) . What was the boulangerie that you mentionned at the AM. LIb that is also on the same square? thanks. MARJORIE