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There’s now a paperback edition of The Sweet Life in Paris with a new look that I just love. The book recounts the story of my move to Paris, and what happened along with the way as I navigated living in a new city, and did my best to adapt to life in France.

You can pick up a copy online at Amazon or Bookshop, or at your local independent bookseller.



    • Morgan Barr

    oh that price is hard to resist!

    • jen @ the baked life

    going to buy this today!


    • Joy

    Cosign with Jen! Thank you for paper backs.

    • meecee

    And 7.75 GBP and 7.75 EUR. Too bad the kindle edition is over 14 bucks :-(

    Since the paperback was just released today, I am certain the price of the Kindle edition will drop. You could send a message to Amazon inquiring about that as well. -dl

    • Elizabeth

    This might be the first post of yours I haven’t completely enjoyed.

    I VERY recently bought my hardback cover of this book. Not that I don’t want you to have the royalties you so richly deserve, I just find paperbacks a little easier to handle. I don’t think I can find a way to rationalize the purchase of both, at least not right away.

    I will also be in Paris the week AFTER your tour. It didn’t bother me before, but now you have cancellations. Bah!

    My selfishness aside, I hope the paperback edition brings you many more readers and that two lucky visitors enjoy the tour.

    • Jill@macarons

    Congratulations! The cover looks rather stylish and the updated Paris address list will no doubt be extremely handy.

    • Toni Rae

    Bought it! Amazon Prime is a wonderful/scary thing.

    Paris has been on my mind a lot lately–looking up apartments to rent, watching cooking shows that take place in Paris, crushing on Eric Ripert…

    Think I need to go SOON! Thanks for keeping my dream alive :)

    • Krista, Monday Baker

    Congrats! I’ve added your book to my wishlist and hope to read it soon.

    • Sally

    Congrats, David. Love the new cover.

    • Ulrika

    The new cover looks good!

    • Sini

    Congrats! I’ve already waited for the paperback version to come out. I’ll definitely get this. Maybe even this week!

    • Marcello

    For those of us who have a well-loved hardcover version, are the updated listings available somewhere here on your web site?

    • Ann

    Congrats! It’s a paperback! What a pretty, shiny new cover — do I spy your handiwork?

    For those who don’t yet own this book — the recipe for mousse au chocolat alone is worth the purchase!

    • lrntn

    already ordered and can’t wait to get –my only regret is it came out mere weeks after my trip to Paris (I avoid hardcover on travel at all cost). And I had a wonderful time with some of your recommendations–thanks! PS–M. Dion no longer at the R Lenoir market, at least the day I was there, but M. Philippe was every bit charming

    • Christine Hanson from auntie fruf’s aahsome fudge kitchen

    Just received my copy from Amazon – can’t wait to tuck into it tonight! I counted 16 chocolat recipes. Yummy.

    • Beth Anderson

    oh, and I just bought the hardcover, darn it.

    • Madeleines and Marathons

    Wow, I’m seriously considering taking out a student loan just so I can eat chocolate in Paris with your tour.

    • Leslie

    Lucky me, I got it in hardback way back when. I loved every word, as I do with your blog. You are my “go to” site first thing in the morning. Paris and Alsace are our two favorite French destinations. The kouglof post about did me in! Your writing is personal, evocative, irreverent and just plain entertaining. You are a treasure. Thank you.

    • Meredith

    I loved this book, David- it made me laugh out loud. I gave my mom a copy for Mother’s Day last year.

    • Jacqueline

    Long time reader, first time commenter. :) But I just had to drop a line and say that I read this in hardcover, and it was literally laugh-out-loud funny. I always love reading about French life, and you articulated such little intricacies that made me feel like I was right there. Congrats on the paperback version — the cover is just lovely.

    • Pamela

    Now THAT is a beautiful cover! Look forward to checking it out.

    • Merisi, Vienna

    I ordered the new paperback edition moments ago!
    Someone dear to me is moving to Paris next month, your book seems just the right thing to have in her luggage.

    Congratulations and good luck,

    • Candela

    Tanti Auguri!! ;)

    • Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}

    How lovely! Congratulations, David!

    • Ella

    Hi David,

    I just saw your book at my favourite bookstore here in Canada yesterday.
    What a nice surprise. It was placed right at the front so you couldn’t miss it.

    I love the cover; it’s everything that Paris should be.

    • Jessica D

    Just bought it! I can’t wait to read it. We are planning a trip to France this summer and your blog has been an excellent resource. We live in SF and love having the perspective of a San Franciscan living in Paris.

    I’ve searched your site and the web, but I can’t find a blog as good as yours for Lyon – any recommendations?

    I love Lyon!..and hope you enjoy the book. You can check out Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook. She blogs from Lyon and is mostly recipes but has information about markets and restaurants as well. -dl

    • Nancy Baggett

    I just read your newsletter and, of course, follow your blog, and I don’t know how you do it! Do you just work fast or write all the time, or both? Or maybe you have figured out how to clone yourself? If so, I will pay you a lot of money for that recipe, as I now can only seem to post half as much on my blog as you do! Mon Dieu!

    • Kiki

    It looks so delicious – in fact – that I looked at the book and had to rush to my kitchen to make myself an espresso and now the empty cup stands next to my computer… asking ‘et le croissant, tu l’as mis où?….
    Just looked up the prices on Amazon UK and France (not ALL your readers live in the States..) – this is a real must-have. But I usually tend to buy the hard covers; they age much better :) Félicitations à cette création; it looks a real treat…. mmmmmh

    • Anne


    I’m going to be in Paris April 29 – May 7 and would love to come to the book signing. Your newsletter states it’s on April 30th while your Tours link shows it on April 20th. Which is the correct date?

    • Anne

    Sorry, not your Tours link, but your Schedule link.

    Yes, it’s April 30th at WHSmith in Paris. Hope you can make it! -dl

    • Maikel

    Ordered it, and I will be enjoying it in about a week!

    • Anna

    The hardcover version has been sitting in my Amazon wish list for a while with dozen of other Paris/food related books. Yesterday I bumped into your whole lemon slices recipe, I immediately tried it and they were such a success I instantly decided I must order the Lebovitz-guy’s book right away. It’s on its way (the updated version!) and I can’t wait to read it! Warm greetings from Croatia!

    • Will

    Congratulations on the release of the paperback, David! I hope your book becomes such a hit that you have to update it on a yearly basis.

    @ Toni Rae – I look at apartments for rent in Paris all the time, and watch anything filmed in Paris; cooking shows, movies, etc. It’s a nice way to live vicariously until it happens for real.

    • Melissa

    congratulations David! What a great price, I’m going to get me one.

    • Barbara | VinoLuciStyle

    I love the cover, I’m sure the new info is great but I just love a well worn book that has my baking history spattered in it. Literally.

    Luckily I have children who cook which means I have a great excuse to get the new book, maybe peruse it just a bit…and then present it to my daughter. Best of both worlds!

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    • sonia

    This looks absolutely wonderful and I am excited to add it to my to-buy list. I did, however, just check for availability and the price is (UP from 10,00 euros to) 10,18 – wondering meecee where you saw the lower listing or if this is simply the price in France. Thank you, David, for letting us know about the paperback edition and, more especially, for your writing, as ever.

    • David
    David Lebovitz

    sonia + Kiki: I am just the author and have no say over pricing or shipping so can’t answer questions regarding those I’m afraid. However readers outside of the United States can order from the book from Book Depository which ships to many countries around the world, and offers discounts as well as free shipping.

    I have not used them personally so can’t advise as to their services, however. But you can inquire with them. Thanks!

    • sonia

    David – thank you! Will check out Book Depository, appreciate your taking the time to respond with this information, best regards

    • Sweet Freak

    Felicitations on yet another winner! (Love that cover font…)

    • martin

    funniest book in the world!!!!
    ive been two years in paris and everything you say is true AND HILARIOUS!!!!
    i found shoelaces at bhv

    • Briana

    Ordered it, I CANNOT wait for it to arrive!

    I’m missing Paris terribly today, please take an extra deep breath of that sweet air for me!


    • Dostava Hrane

    I have already ordered the book :)

    • Kris

    What a great price, so I’m going to stock up on few to give out as gifts.
    My hardcover version is almost dog-eared from the thumbing through and rereads. I might need to keep one of the paperback versions as a back-up…. hmmm.

    • Leilee

    pre ordered it and it was in my mail box yesterday. I can’t wait to read it AGAIN!

    • Merisi, Vienna

    I ordered my copy of the paperback edition of your book from
    It’s true, they charge €10.20, but with free shipping I consider it still a very good value.
    (I had to correct “shipping” – I had typed “whipping”. Cream in my brain, I guess.)

    I am generally buying my books locally, from independent brick and mortar booksellers, but English books that have to be special-ordered simply are prohibitively expensive that way.

    • Annabel (Mrs Redboots)

    Hmph, it’s £7.75 on, which is a rip-off given the relative values of dollar and pound. I might order it from the USA.

    Any chance of you doing a signing on Sunday 20 March in the afternoon/early evening, when I shall actually be in Paris? Our competition (in Boulogne-Billancourt, which would be one of the first rinks I ever skated at if it hadn’t been rebuilt since!) finishes at lunch-time and our train isn’t until the evening!

    • Mike

    Great! My wife wife can’t stop talking about going to Paris. I look forward to checking it out.

    • Anna

    nice cover, nice price! congratulations!

    • Kamila

    Your blog – and books- are a pleasure to read.

    I totally enjoyed the hardcover. It made me laugh and also, very, very hungry. I look forward to seeing what you’ve updated.

    • Marie

    I just bought my copy and am loving it! Now I am really looking forward to visiting Paris next month, merci beaucoup!

    • Sydney

    I just got mine in the mail! I can’t wait to read it.

    • Elena Losseva

    Just ordered my copy online!

    • Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips

    My online book order was delayed 3 weeks so they could ship this book out in the same package! haha :-D Just read the section about the need for shower curtains in France – hilarious!

    • Delphine

    I have just recieved you book I bought last Firday on I took some time of my lunchbreak to read it and have some difficulties to stop reading !!!
    I am Parisian for more than 12 years and I love to learn about the experiences of Foreigners with this City.
    Thanks for your book and your blog :-)

    • P4p3rDr4g0n

    The book is available in Hungarian? I checked the most popular online shops as well (, but unfortunately could not find it. Will be translated into Hungarian?

    • Jennifer

    David, I am reading your book right now and absolutely love it! I just finished the part about public restrooms, which I found hysterically funny, especially because I’ve been reading the whole book in the bathroom. That sounds bad, except that I’ve been reading it while giving my toddler a bath each night. It’s the pefect book for starting and stopping at random places, but yet not getting lost in the storyline. Thank you for all of your insights!

    • Dawn Frank

    David, this is the first time I have read your book. I bought it with my Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten in Paris cookbook. I just wanted to let you know that I found the book charming and oh so funny. That is always such a nice surprise. I appreciate your sense of humor.

    Hope to read more soon. Blessings.

    • tricia

    Just got the hardcover a month or so ago…darn it! will be visiting Paris this summer and could use that updated resources section. Hmmm. Love your blog and the book…makes me long for the vacation even more than I thought possible!

    • Daria

    Dear David, I have immediately bought the book and am enjoying it greatly. One small detail – the pâtisserie autrichienne on rue de Médicine has closed long ago (and I am still in mourning)… Have you encountered, by any chance, another place which makes a not-too-sweet chocolate? Angelina used to make one, but I think it is no longer the case!

    • David
    David Lebovitz

    Hi Daria: It’s still open…I was just there last week, and it’s still going strong!

    • Emily Chiam

    Yes! Enjoying my copy which arrived Monday this week! Have been trying out your chocolate macarons (from your blog) for the past two weeks…. what can I say…getting there….

    • Emily Chiam

    ps: thebookdepository delivered my copy and I do find their service and delivery time fantastic!

    • cathy

    Sorry to tack this question on so late, but I’ve always been curious about something, and you don’t have to answer if you aren’t supposed to.

    When a book is sold at cover price and when it is sold at a discounted price (ie, amazon), does that affect you? I began thinking about this because of how in France small bookshops are protected by the “no books can be sold with more than 5% discount” rule so the fnacs and gibert jeunes dont have a huge advantage over the little bookshops.

    In the US I know to buy the books from the independent shops to help the shops, but I don’t know how the author is affected when prices are slashed by retailers.

    Just curious! Congrats on the paperback release.

    In general, author royalties are fixed except in cases where stores or companies buy a lot of copies (very large organizations can get a better price for buying a lot of books) and the author can get less. But it’s great to support your small bookstore if there’s one in your community. -dl

    • Bobbi

    I’ve always dreamed of going to Paris, but after reading the parts in your book about the public nose picking and the lack of bathroom access, I was convinced that the true purpose of your book was to keep Americans away! :)

    • Maureen

    I bought your paperback edition from I am glad I waited. No doubt, a hardback is better but a paperback is handy. I love your blog.

    • Mrs D

    Oh I really love the cover and font! Super gorgeous and perfect…


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