The Sweet Life in Paris + All-Clad Cookware Giveaway!


To celebrate the release today of my new book, The Sweet Life in Paris, the fine folks at All-Clad are giving away a brand-new 7 piece set of their magnificent stainless steel cookware!

All Clad set

This set includes a 2- and 3-quart saucepan, both with lids, a 10-inch frying pan, and a huge 8-quart stock pot. This is my favorite cookware (I carried mine over to Paris with me, piece-by-painstakingly-piece) and I’m thrilled they’re offering a set for my readers. If you’ve always wanted to start or add some All-Clad to your collection, this is a great way to do it.

The book features stories about my adventures in Paris, whether learning how not to walk in a straight line…or why the roads in Paris are all intended to take you right back to where you started, how I eloquently regaled startled guests at a swank dinner party with raptures about a magnificent black, er…zizi I saw in the hills Piedmont (and I’m not talking about the famous truffe noir d’Italie), and why, when the film version of my book comes out, Daniel Craig is the foremost candidate to play me in the movie.

(Hint: It’s not because of any abdominal similarities.)

Learn how I got into the thigh-high boots of the famous fish-boys, come along on my visit to Paris’ only clothing-optional sock shop, and learn how I manage to dodge the right hook of a certain dame d’une certain age, who’s become the love of my life.

chocolate pain d'épices

Somehow, I managed to get nearly fifty recipes in there, with everything from the sweet to the savory, and then some. And if you’re the lucky winner of this amazing, spiffy set of All-Clad cookware, you’ll be cooking up a storm in your own kitchen, too.

Now excuse me, I’m off to book a trip back to Italy…


UPDATE: The contest is now closed, and the winner has been announced. Thanks to everyone for your participation! -David

Related Links:

Join the The Sweet Life in Paris Facebook Group

Hungry for Paris write-up

Review and interview at Simply Recipes

The White On Rice Couple bake up a storm

Wright Eats comes to Paris, armed and ready

Meg at Too Many Chefs chats up the book

Flickr Pool of Recipes from The Sweet Life in Paris

A write-up at In Need of Chocolate

Digital City

An American in Paris-with Brownies on The Daily Beast

Los Angeles Times’ Daily Dish

Chocolate Marshmallow

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  • Jackie
    May 8, 2009 9:13am

    I’m an American living in England and would have to say vanilla clotted cream ice cream is my favorite. I don’t recall having anything so decadent growing up in the middle of Ohio!

  • Lauren Kreter
    May 8, 2009 9:15am

    Peanut Butter sorbet… and its gluten free too! Look forward to checking out your cookbook

  • Marie
    May 8, 2009 9:17am

    My favorite flavor has always been mint chocolate chip (or mint choclate chunk, mint chocolate swirl…. you get the idea). And it always tastes just a little bit better if it’s green. :)

  • Annemarie
    May 8, 2009 9:18am

    I would normally say coffee, but I ate wonderful hazelnut meringue icecream at gelateria San Crispino in Rome. Just last week. I still dream about it.

  • Alexandria
    May 8, 2009 9:21am


  • T
    May 8, 2009 9:25am

    Chocolate sorbet.

  • May 8, 2009 9:25am

    Ben and Jerry’s Coffee and Heath Bar

  • Brandi
    May 8, 2009 9:25am

    Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter Chocolate

  • Katrina
    May 8, 2009 9:29am

    Fig ice cream

  • Beth Bellor
    May 8, 2009 9:36am

    My favorite ice cream is the rose ice cream I had at Shiraz in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Gloria A
    May 8, 2009 9:37am

    Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! I just got the ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid!!!

  • Gloria A
    May 8, 2009 9:38am

    Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! I just got the ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid!!!

  • Gloria A
    May 8, 2009 9:38am

    Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! I just got the ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid!!!

  • Amy O'Daniel
    May 8, 2009 9:39am

    Mariage Freres Wedding Imperial. This is the easiest cheater caramel vanilla ice cream shortcut ever. Their teas are incredible for flavoring custards!

  • Gloria A
    May 8, 2009 9:39am

    Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! I just got the ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid!!!

  • Gloria A
    May 8, 2009 9:39am

    Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! I just got the ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid!!!

  • Beth Bellor
    May 8, 2009 9:39am

    Rose, from Shiraz in San Antonio, TX.

  • May 8, 2009 9:40am

    pistachio. the real one. none of those chemically artificial “taste-like” pistachio concoction. ;)

  • Hann
    May 8, 2009 9:41am


  • May 8, 2009 9:43am

    Gelato cioccolato! Had some in Rome last summer that was delicious though the best I had was in college in Berkeley at a place called Vivoli.

  • Patrick
    May 8, 2009 9:48am

    chocolate with pepper !

  • Dominic T
    May 8, 2009 9:48am

    Yam and Sweet Corn ice cream, exclusively.
    I have only tasted them in South East Asia, Singapore and Malaysia, and I think Hong Kong too, but never in the US, I really miss them.

  • Patrick
    May 8, 2009 9:51am

    chocolate with pepper !

  • Helena
    May 8, 2009 9:53am

    Wow, I guess you’re hitting some kind of ‘comments-record’ here!

    Favourite ice cream flavour – I have to addmit its a classic – chocolate gelato from a real italian gelateria.

    Have a nice day!

  • Andi
    May 8, 2009 9:54am

    Mint chocolate chip – it’s a childhood favorite that I just can’t shake. Although salted butter caramel is quite fab, as well.

  • Heidi
    May 8, 2009 9:54am

    Reading your blog never fails to give me a chuckle and I assume it will be the same with your book! I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.
    I’m not sure if I could pick my favourite ice cream or sorbet flavour… Since I can’t eat dairy anymore though I’ve definitely gotten more into sorbet. A place recently closed in my neighbourhood that made a mean grapefruit sorbet and it went really well with their strawbery and lemon flavours. I’ve also become a fan of Turtle mountain desserts – non-dairy ice cream in flavours that will make you a believer. Peanut Butter Zig-zag may be my favourite but there are just so many!

  • Mónica
    May 8, 2009 9:55am

    Before living in Paris my favorite ice cream were pistachio and very dark chocolate, now is speculoos.

    Congrats for the new book, cant wait to buy it!!!

  • Eva Gerald
    May 8, 2009 9:55am

    Mint chocolate chip

  • Connie
    May 8, 2009 9:56am

    Salted butter caramel, thanks to “The Perfect Scoop”

  • May 8, 2009 9:59am

    Raspberry sorbet!

  • sue young
    May 8, 2009 10:01am

    DL is the best blog writer…and funniest too.
    Coffee ice cream w/real grounds included. s.

  • Molly
    May 8, 2009 10:02am

    Coffee! Simply the best.

  • noa
    May 8, 2009 10:02am

    Coffee! I’m a simple girl.

  • Cherie
    May 8, 2009 10:10am

    I’ll have to go with Nutella!

  • richard schillen
    May 8, 2009 10:14am

    My favorite ice cream of all time is the burnt caramel ice cream as made by El Carmelo Restaurant in Havana, Cuba. I never got over it.

    Other favorites: coffee ice cream and ginger ice cream.

    Congratulations on your new book!

  • Kay
    May 8, 2009 10:14am

    Green tea and ginger

  • KC
    May 8, 2009 10:20am

    Raspberry sorbet! Mmmm.

  • Adrienne
    May 8, 2009 10:22am

    Salted butter caramel!

  • May 8, 2009 10:22am

    Butter Pecan!

  • susan mcnally
    May 8, 2009 10:23am

    Blood orange sorbet

  • meghan
    May 8, 2009 10:24am

    greek yoghurt & honey, made at g&d’s cafe in oxford, england. well worth the trip. =)

  • Rebecca
    May 8, 2009 10:30am

    elderflower sorbet.

  • Marianne B
    May 8, 2009 10:30am

    My favorite sorbet: raspberry

    My favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip


  • djr
    May 8, 2009 10:31am

    Strawberry Balsamic

  • Jean
    May 8, 2009 10:32am

    hmmm, it’s a toss-up between mint chocolate chip and a mix of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. depends on the day.

  • Yoshiko Yeto
    May 8, 2009 10:37am

    Pear from Berthillon, please!

  • May 8, 2009 10:39am

    Vanilla. I know, I know.

  • lisa
    May 8, 2009 10:41am

    oooh. mint chip.

  • Erica Jennings
    May 8, 2009 10:41am

    basil ice cream!

  • May 8, 2009 10:42am

    Ever since my honeymoon in Buenos Aires, my favorite is Dulce de Leche! If that’s not around, whatever has the highest Chocolate component is probably a safe bet. Or Caramel with Sea Salt.

    Thanks for the most amusing twitter feed.

    Can’t wait to read your new book.

  • Giulietta Nicoletta
    May 8, 2009 10:42am

    Mine is another vote for Bi-Rite’s Salted Caramel. Must. Have. Some. Now.

  • Patty
    May 8, 2009 10:42am

    Hi Dave,
    Favorite right now is Dolce de Leche, but I’m planning on making your burnt sugar ice cream this weekend. Yum!
    Thanks for your books and blog.

  • Torie
    May 8, 2009 10:42am

    My favorite flavour of ice cream is pistachio. Never liked it until I moved to Paris, and now I can’t get enough of it!

  • bionicgrrrl
    May 8, 2009 10:44am

    black mission fig.

  • May 8, 2009 10:44am

    I love pear or lemon sorbet, especially in the summer.

  • Anna
    May 8, 2009 10:44am

    My favourite taste of icecream is BLUEBERRY.

    Thank you


  • Christine
    May 8, 2009 10:45am

    mmm…cookie dough. or, on a hot summer day, lemon and strawberry sorbetto.

  • Kevin
    May 8, 2009 10:48am

    My fav ice cream is sticky toffee pudding which was put out by Haggan daz as a limited edition. Each spoonful was orgasmic—for lack of better words. Hope it comes back soon! :)

  • Kara
    May 8, 2009 10:50am

    Mmm… Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch – which is an amazing rich and delicious flavor from this place in my home town called Capannari’s that makes all homemade ice cream and is voted the best in Chicago!

  • May 8, 2009 10:50am

    Ginger. But it has to be very strongly flavored with a real bite to it, not the wimpy might-as-well-be-vanilla variety.

  • Nora
    May 8, 2009 10:52am

    Mint, with chocolate. Congratulations on the book, and thanks for the great blog. I sure could use a nice set of cookware…

  • Erin
    May 8, 2009 10:57am


  • Christy
    May 8, 2009 10:58am

    Rum Raisin – yummy

  • May 8, 2009 10:59am

    looking forward to reading the book…
    my favorite ice cream flavor is hazelnut. the creamy praline flavor with the crunch of italian roasted nuts topped by a chocolate sauce!

  • Paul Ielovcich
    May 8, 2009 11:01am

    Honey Dew sorbet.

  • Matthew Fife
    May 8, 2009 11:01am

    my favorite is “turtle soup” green icecream, with chunks of carmel, pecan turtles. it was my idea till Ben and Jerry used their mind reading tool to take it from me

  • marie
    May 8, 2009 11:02am

    Haagen Dazs Vanilla

  • robin glenn
    May 8, 2009 11:02am

    How fun! I never comment, though I am a regular and avid reader of your blog. I lived for years at Walnut and Virginia and have spent my share of time at Chez Panisse and at the Cheese Board across the street.

    My favorite ice cream — at the moment — is the Lemon Verbena from the Herb Farm Cookbook.

    I was just thinking today, as the weather warms here in Western Ma where I live now, that I might find an orange sorbet in the Perfect Scoop to make over the weekend.

  • Peter
    May 8, 2009 11:02am

    dulce de leche avec fleur de sel

  • Angie
    May 8, 2009 11:07am

    banana dark chocolate chip

  • May 8, 2009 11:08am

    Pistacio ice cream or gelato

  • Pam
    May 8, 2009 11:09am

    Ube macapuno ice cream is the best!! :) They sell them here in America. Translated in english, it is purple yam with sweet coconut strings Mmmmmmmmmmmm…………Yummy!!

  • Shannon Browne
    May 8, 2009 11:10am

    Butter Pecan

    (I hope I got in on time.)

  • Rachael
    May 8, 2009 11:13am

    Ben & Jerry’s HALF BAKED

  • Flo Dwek
    May 8, 2009 11:14am

    How can anyone NOT like a really fabulous Gianduja gelato? Especially when it’s topped with a deep, dark, chocolate sauce? My favorite, hands down!

  • Oliver
    May 8, 2009 11:15am

    Moose tracks.

  • Sherry
    May 8, 2009 11:17am

    I can’t believe you expect us to choose just *one* favourite flavour, David, when you’ve given us all an entire book full of favourites to love … but given the springy mood I’m in at the moment, I’m going to say that lavender and honey ice cream (homemade, of course!) is my favourite. For now.

  • May 8, 2009 11:17am

    With 45 minutes left in the contest…

    Anything with chocolate and caramel. Or a good quality vanilla.

  • macavity
    May 8, 2009 11:18am

    Lychee Sorbet

  • kim
    May 8, 2009 11:19am

    chartreuse, homemade

  • Mike
    May 8, 2009 11:20am

    If anyone ever made it, it would be blue cheese ice cream. Has someone?

  • May 8, 2009 11:21am

    Grapefruit sorbet.

  • Marika
    May 8, 2009 11:25am

    I’d have to say vanilla- so simple, but when it’s done right it’s hard to beat

  • Anna
    May 8, 2009 11:27am

    Chocolate! (I actually have your version of chocolate sorbet in my freezer right now! It’s wonderful!)

  • Christine Lafeer
    May 8, 2009 11:31am

    There’s a wonderful cherry flavor in Germany that’s very good as well!

  • Unmy
    May 8, 2009 11:31am


  • Jeff Wentz
    May 8, 2009 11:32am

    favorite ice cream? meyer lemon (Lindsey Shere)
    honorable mention? cherry almond (from Perfect Scoop)

  • May 8, 2009 11:32am

    Real, fresh strawberry is my favorite.

  • amy
    May 8, 2009 11:34am

    congratulations on the book & thanks for the great blogging! my favorite flavor is peppermint with dark chocolate bits (preferably pink or white rather than green).

  • krista
    May 8, 2009 11:35am


  • Genie L. McLelland
    May 8, 2009 11:35am

    I love homemade peppermint ice cream

  • Diana
    May 8, 2009 11:36am

    Mint Chocolate Chip!

  • Cherie
    May 8, 2009 11:36am

    Dulce de leche with dulce de leche from Mora Iced Creamery on Bainbridge Island. Any gelato in Siena on Banci di Sopra is a very close second.

  • Yen Duong
    May 8, 2009 11:37am

    Good o’ fashion strawberry ice cream. Real cream and big chunks of strawberries. Yum!

  • Rob Fitzhenry
    May 8, 2009 11:40am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is:

    Coffee Heath Bar Crunch

    It is amazing –

  • May 8, 2009 11:44am


  • Erika
    May 8, 2009 11:44am

    I’m not trying to suck up– I promise– but it’s your salted butter caramel ice cream. I make it once a month. Thank you for this gift of sugary cold goodness.

  • leslie crowell
    May 8, 2009 11:46am


  • Sanya
    May 8, 2009 11:47am

    French Vanilla.

  • Sydney
    May 8, 2009 11:50am

    chocolate with brownies

  • Karren Hiskey
    May 8, 2009 11:51am

    Blackberry Cassis Sorbet!

  • Bev
    May 8, 2009 11:52am

    So many to love, how do you pick just one? Personal faves are Honey Cinnamon ice cream and also love, love, love grapefruit gelato. Congrats on the new book, can’t wait to get it!

  • Michelle Burns
    May 8, 2009 11:54am

    Mango Sorbet or Kona Coffee mochi ice cream.

  • May 8, 2009 11:54am

    Rocky Road all the way!

  • Amanda Wigley
    May 8, 2009 11:54am

    Chocolate! The more chocolate, the better!

  • Stephanie Kendall
    May 8, 2009 11:55am

    sweet cream from herrell’s in cambridge, mass is delish! i like mine topped with sno-caps…

  • May 8, 2009 11:56am


  • Lauren Bufferd
    May 8, 2009 11:56am

    Hazelnut gelato. Is there any other kind?

  • Lynn
    May 8, 2009 12:02pm

    Butter pecan!

  • May 8, 2009 12:04pm

    Thanks to everyone for entering. The contest is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Good luck to all!