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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  • May 6, 2009 8:19am


  • May 6, 2009 8:21am

    Mmm. I’ll go with the green tea flavour they serve at my favourite Japanese restaurant at Jourdain..

  • Annie
    May 6, 2009 8:21am

    My favorite ice cream flavour is pistachio. Nuts and cream do it for me!

  • May 6, 2009 8:21am

    Strawberry! Congratulations on the book.

  • Karin Broecker
    May 6, 2009 8:21am

    black walnut

  • May 6, 2009 8:22am

    Favorite flavor – lemon sorbet, i really can’t quit it. I never make it anymore because I wind up eating it on the spot. Every. Single. Time. It’s a dangerous thing to keep around me in general.

    Out of curiosity, what is a zizi? :-)

    Can’t wait for your book, it’s supposed to arrive tonight!

  • gina
    May 6, 2009 8:22am

    Congrats on the new book!

    I must say my favorite sorbet is a lemon rosemary! Refreshing and savory.

    Thanks for all the stories and recipes.

  • Amy
    May 6, 2009 8:24am

    I just recieved your new book and I’m super excited to start reading it. With it, also, I recieved “The Perfect Scoop”. Lucky enough, I am a dairy farmer and have saved the milk from our top butterfat producing Jersey cows and will be making some ice cream this weekend!

    As far as favorite ice cream flavors, at this point I’d have to say Strawberry Cheese-cake. There is a ice cream shop close to me that sells it with a “cheese cake sauce” SUPER Delicious, I try to get a few each summer =O))

    Congrats on the book!!! And as I said earlier, I can’t wait to get into it! I love the blog, and since I have just returned from a trip to Paris, I look forward to reliving some of your wonderful Parisian experiences!

  • May 6, 2009 8:25am

    Butter Pecan, all the way!

  • mindy
    May 6, 2009 8:25am


  • Elise H.
    May 6, 2009 8:26am


  • sarah
    May 6, 2009 8:27am

    i’m a butter pecan type of girl. love the sweet and salty together!

  • C a r o l Anthony
    May 6, 2009 8:27am

    Pralines and Cream

  • May 6, 2009 8:28am

    grapefruit sorbet with a hint of anis

  • Pastamama
    May 6, 2009 8:29am

    Blackberry Cabernet Sorbetto, Ciao Bela makes a great one

  • May 6, 2009 8:29am

    Vanilla Bean. Something is so good about simplicity.

  • mardi
    May 6, 2009 8:29am

    gianduja… mmmmm…

  • Jenn
    May 6, 2009 8:30am

    Butter pecan for me please.

  • R. Chiang
    May 6, 2009 8:31am

    It’s too hard to pick one. For today, how about concord grape….

  • May 6, 2009 8:31am

    Coffee. Vietnamese Coffee actually, thanks to you. Well, I thank you, but my hips sure don’t :)

  • May 6, 2009 8:31am

    pistachio, or coconut .. yum. :) congrats on the new book!!!

  • Alison
    May 6, 2009 8:31am

    Favourite ice cream ever: the salted caramel at Bi-Rite Creamery in the Mission, San Francisco. Oh my good lord, is that stuff heavenly. Makes me sad I live across the continent from it!

  • Kerri
    May 6, 2009 8:31am

    My absolute favorite is the malted milk ball ice cream from The Perfect Scoop. Yum!

  • joan
    May 6, 2009 8:32am

    avocado ice cream

  • indigo
    May 6, 2009 8:32am

    congrats on your new book! my favorite is vanilla with fig and almond.

  • Anne
    May 6, 2009 8:33am

    Digger flavour (anzac biscuits & honeycomb combined)

  • Allison L.
    May 6, 2009 8:33am

    Cinnamon ice cream. I can’t wait to check out your new book!

  • Anjali
    May 6, 2009 8:34am

    50 recipes!??!? Nice

  • kristen
    May 6, 2009 8:34am

    ricotta gelato

  • Hannah
    May 6, 2009 8:34am

    Dark chocolate and/or Mexican vanilla

  • Chris
    May 6, 2009 8:34am

    Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite, although I have several close seconds.

    And Congratulations on the book!

  • Brian Jensen
    May 6, 2009 8:35am

    Cinnamon ice cream! Made some last weekend.

  • Lucy
    May 6, 2009 8:35am

    Hm. There are so many! But I guess it’s going to have be peanut butter. With the cookie dough from the Perfect Scoop. OMG. Congrats on the new book!!!

  • Torri
    May 6, 2009 8:35am

    Graeter’s Cookies and Cream

  • May 6, 2009 8:36am

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I have to go with mint chocolate chip. Congratulations on the new book!

  • Jennifer
    May 6, 2009 8:36am

    Mango!! Congrats on the book!

  • May 6, 2009 8:37am

    Cherry Garcia

  • Lorie
    May 6, 2009 8:37am

    I will have to say vanilla, because I just made some using my own machine, for the first time (using your recipe, of course).

  • Venessa
    May 6, 2009 8:37am

    I did a silent scream when I saw your book in the store. I can’t wait to read it. Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip!

  • Elana
    May 6, 2009 8:38am

    Toffee Cinnamon Crunch with a struesel swirl and a hint of vanilla :)

  • Elise
    May 6, 2009 8:39am

    vanilla. I love your book and my coworkers like the results :)

  • Anita
    May 6, 2009 8:39am

    There are many but rum and raisin is one of my favorites.

  • Brian
    May 6, 2009 8:40am

    lemon meringue

  • Daniel
    May 6, 2009 8:40am

    Lemon sorbet, please.

  • Candice
    May 6, 2009 8:40am

    Nocciola (If we are counting gelato)
    Vanilla (Icecream)
    Ruby Grapefruit (Sorbet) :)

  • May 6, 2009 8:41am

    Congrats on your next book release, I hope this chocolat delight’s in the book, I adore chocolate gelato and I’m ready for the new set!

  • May 6, 2009 8:42am

    Strawberry sour cream ice cream! Congratulations on the new book!

  • May 6, 2009 8:44am

    Does gelato count? If so, pistachio gelato. If not, I’ll have to go with butter pecan ice cream.

    Congratulations on the book – I’ve already ordered my copy, and Amazon says it will be here tonight. I can’t wait to start reading…

  • Heather Lee
    May 6, 2009 8:45am

    Childhood fave=strawberry. I still love it but I think green tea ice cream now overranks it.

    May 6, 2009 8:45am

    maple walnut

  • James
    May 6, 2009 8:45am

    Menthe Gelato from the little shop on the hill in San Gimignano.

    Or maybe a rich homemade dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream. It’s a toss up, really.

  • Anna
    May 6, 2009 8:45am

    Coffee ice cream is awfully nice.

  • May 6, 2009 8:45am

    It’s really hard to choose a favorite, but if I have to, I’ll go with black raspberry chocolate chip.

  • Lindsey
    May 6, 2009 8:46am

    Raspberry sorbet, with fresh raspberries from the garden.

  • latenac
    May 6, 2009 8:46am

    Hard to choose but I really like the chocolate raspberry ice cream. Congrats on the new book!

  • May 6, 2009 8:46am

    Make mine coffee. And congratulations on the book.

  • sadiemae
    May 6, 2009 8:47am

    Grandma’s banana nut ice cream! Yuummmm…..Dave, congrats on the book!

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  • Marte
    May 6, 2009 8:47am

    white sesame!

  • Erin
    May 6, 2009 8:48am

    It depends, but I always fall back on mint chocolate chip.

  • martha
    May 6, 2009 8:48am

    cookies & cream…always cookies & cream!

  • Alice Kitz
    May 6, 2009 8:48am

    Butter pecan

  • May 6, 2009 8:49am

    My favorite s Rocky Road. Yum!

  • Susan
    May 6, 2009 8:49am

    Vanilla — like basic black, perfect on its own yet with infinite ways of dressing it up. But your commenters have me salivating with new flavor possibilities.

    Congratulations on the book! There are obviously some tantalizing tales that never made it onto the blog…

  • May 6, 2009 8:49am

    Peach!! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  • Tags
    May 6, 2009 8:49am

    The aggregated spumoni of all the flavors in your book savored in my imagination.

  • May 6, 2009 8:50am

    Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to read it.

    Favorite ice cream flavor? Cherry Vanilla. Hard to find but it’s soooooo good.

  • May 6, 2009 8:50am

    It’s a tie: Buttermilk or Salted Butter Caramel

  • May 6, 2009 8:50am

    Earl Grey. Earl Grey ice cream – the mother of all glorious epiphanies.

  • Pen
    May 6, 2009 8:51am

    Looking forward to reading your new book – congratulations! My favorite ice cream is still strawberry, but I really like other flavors as well.

  • debbie
    May 6, 2009 8:51am


  • Kristin
    May 6, 2009 8:51am

    Coffee ice cream can’t be beat.

  • gingin
    May 6, 2009 8:52am

    Almond praline (icecream)
    lemon (sorbet)

  • michelle
    May 6, 2009 8:53am

    Hmm, my ice cream faves change with the seasons so I guess now that it is springtime I would say mostly berry flavors. I’ll go with blackberry–not too sweet, not too tart.

    Looking forward to the book…

  • Cheryl
    May 6, 2009 8:53am

    Chocolate peanut butter

  • Claudia
    May 6, 2009 8:53am

    Strawberries and champagne ice cream . . . with real alcohol.

  • Stephanie
    May 6, 2009 8:54am

    Lemon, lemon, lemon

  • Beth
    May 6, 2009 8:54am

    An ice cream place called Christina’s in Cambridge, MA does a Fresh Mint icecream in the spring. The best way I can describe it is to say it tastes “green”, but in a good way!

  • Andy
    May 6, 2009 8:54am


  • Lauren
    May 6, 2009 8:55am

    Mango Lemon Sorbet is the best!

  • Mike Gaylord
    May 6, 2009 8:55am

    Lemon, Lemon, or something similarily citrus…..

  • April
    May 6, 2009 8:56am

    I’m a mint chocolate girl…but it has to be DARK chocolate.

  • Eileen
    May 6, 2009 8:57am

    Man, this is hard. But I think I’d have to say… orange sorbet with bittersweet chocolate pieces.

  • courtney
    May 6, 2009 8:57am

    black raspberry . . . mmmm. it would be okay to have that for breakfast, right?

  • quoc
    May 6, 2009 8:58am

    my favorite is blood orange sorbet…mmmm. can’t wait to read the new book!

  • Suzanne
    May 6, 2009 8:58am

    Raspberry sorbet with a hint of chilli

  • Tori
    May 6, 2009 8:58am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is black cherry.

  • d
    May 6, 2009 8:58am

    Congrats on your book. Love the blog. Mint chocolate chip

  • Laura S
    May 6, 2009 8:59am

    MMMM. Coffee ice cream. Very very fattening kind….no double-churned crap.

  • jessi
    May 6, 2009 8:59am


  • Tina
    May 6, 2009 8:59am

    Espresso with chocolate chunks.
    Looking forward to the new book,
    congratulations David!

  • Anne-Laure
    May 6, 2009 9:00am

    Fig studded with candied lemon…

  • Siobhan
    May 6, 2009 9:01am

    Congrats on the book!

    Ice cream: peppermint stick

    Sorbet: blood orange

  • Maria
    May 6, 2009 9:01am

    melon gelato from Vivoli. And Caramel Cone from Haagen-Dazs. And homemade peach…
    Can’t wait to check out the book–will there be a French translation?

  • May 6, 2009 9:02am


  • Julie
    May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Strawberry-sour cream… from The Perfect Scoop, of course

  • May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Rosemary & Thyme Sorbet

  • May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Ice cream: Snickers (as produced at Mad Martha’s, Martha’s Vineyard, USA).

    Gelato: Hazelnut.

    Congratulations on the book!

  • May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Raspberry lime sorbet; so refreshing in the summer!

  • John Brinkley
    May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Butter Pecan

  • SarahB
    May 6, 2009 9:05am

    Lime sorbet, and looking forward to the book.

  • Elaine
    May 6, 2009 9:06am

    Lemon sorbet

  • John Brinkley
    May 6, 2009 9:06am

    Butter Pecan

  • Katie
    May 6, 2009 9:06am

    blackberry cassis sorbet (on most days, but if I am feeling particularly naughty or chocolate driven, ciao bella makes a valrhona chocolate that happens to be particularly tasty with crushed chocolate bits mixed in…)

  • Andy
    May 6, 2009 9:07am

    Congratulations for the new book! My favorite ice cream is pistachio…

  • Jules
    May 6, 2009 9:07am

    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to get a copy.

    Chocolate is my favorite!

  • May 6, 2009 9:08am

    Fav. Flavor: Orange Sorbet.

  • John Brinkley
    May 6, 2009 9:08am

    Sorry about the second entry, I got a message the first one didn’t get delivered.
    Don’t whip me, don’t whip me!

  • maraya
    May 6, 2009 9:09am

    Nothing comes close to rich, smooth bittersweet chocolate icecream. Congrats on the book, will be ordering from Amazon.

  • Lyne H.
    May 6, 2009 9:09am


  • Chris
    May 6, 2009 9:09am

    Caramel beurre salé.

  • May 6, 2009 9:10am

    It’s hard to pick just one, but I’ll go with peanut butter cup for this question.

  • Eloise
    May 6, 2009 9:10am

    I enjoy the blog very much, and am looking forward to reading the new book!

    Favorite ice cream: Sliced Lemon, from the Cabarrus Creamery, a nearly century-old ice cream shop (the original closed in the ’90s, but has been resurrected by a new owner) near the small town in North Carolina where my mother grew up. It’s rich and custardy, with paper-thin slices of lemon — rind and all — throughout.

  • Sara Sanders
    May 6, 2009 9:10am

    Oh goodness … I pretty much love ice cream in any flavor but would have to go with coconut. The book looks lovely. Congratulations!

  • Lilly Sanders
    May 6, 2009 9:11am

    Chocolate and any variation on it. Congratulations!

  • Clio
    May 6, 2009 9:11am

    Caramel au beurre salé!

  • Jessica
    May 6, 2009 9:11am

    The cookware and book look fantastic!

    My favorite is chocolate, but if it has other things in it (peanut butter cups, caramel swirls, brownies, cookie dough…you get the idea), so much the better!

  • Michelle P
    May 6, 2009 9:12am

    Congratulations on the new book! My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry cheesecake.

  • Stephanie Ramquist
    May 6, 2009 9:12am

    I’ve never commented before, but have been reading your blog for… well, ages now. Love it. And love chocolate ice cream and raspberry sorbet, but I’m always ready to try something that makes me change my mind.

  • May 6, 2009 9:12am

    Chocolate peanut butter…homemade of course. Yum! And congrats on the new book!

  • May 6, 2009 9:14am

    butter pecan. and congrats on your book – I’ll be sure to pick up a copy. Cheers!

  • jana
    May 6, 2009 9:14am

    dark chocolate!

  • Tommy
    May 6, 2009 9:14am

    Congratulations on your book!

    I absolutely love a good French Vanilla ice cream. Second place is Starbucks Java Chip.

  • Shannon
    May 6, 2009 9:15am

    Green tea!

  • Nicole
    May 6, 2009 9:15am


  • Travis
    May 6, 2009 9:16am

    My wife just made a lemon ginger snap ice cream that was pretty amazing. So, that one!

  • Abbey Becker
    May 6, 2009 9:17am

    Dulce de leche. At least, today that’s my favorite flavor.

  • Kathleen
    May 6, 2009 9:17am

    Peanut Butter!

    or Ben and Jerry’s “Everything But The…”

  • heather
    May 6, 2009 9:17am

    butter pecan!

  • Kate Shipley
    May 6, 2009 9:17am

    Looking forward to reading your new book. Saffron and cardamom ice cream is my nemesis…. luckily, those flavours are hard to find where I live, so I can control my consumption by not making it too often:)

  • May 6, 2009 9:18am

    Congratulations, and thanks for hosting a fun contest! My favorite ice cream flavor… is… will I be banned for saying this?… Anyway, it was “Cool Brittania” by Ben and Jerrys. Chocolate-covered shortbread chunks in a strawberry-vanilla swirled ice cream.

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  • May 6, 2009 9:18am

    My ice cream favorite is chocolate ice cream, but if it is going to have hot fudge sauce (and I hope it is) I prefer vanilla or strawberry. If we are talking sorbet, I’ll have raspberry.

    All Clad is awesome cookware! What a terrific giveaway!

  • Lisa B.
    May 6, 2009 9:19am

    Raspberry Sorbet — made with love after each raspberry was hand picked by me and my family during an outing at our favorite local farm! Divine…. !

  • Carolyn
    May 6, 2009 9:19am

    Either green tea or rose. It’s a toss up between those two.

    Congrats on the book!

  • Elizabeth T
    May 6, 2009 9:19am


  • Lori Woods
    May 6, 2009 9:19am

    Vanilla Bean….

  • Eddy
    May 6, 2009 9:19am

    Red Bean Ice Cream! Give me some All-Clad!

  • May 6, 2009 9:19am

    At the moment I’m a big fan of simple vanilla ice cream. The late stages of pregnancy seems to be keeping me from anything more adventurous.

  • Charlotte
    May 6, 2009 9:20am

    Such a difficult choice! Favourite has to be proper hazelnut gelato from Italy

  • Amanda
    May 6, 2009 9:20am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is black sesame. The first time I tried it was on a vacation to Japan in 2006, from a little ‘soft cream’ stand (like soft serve ice cream) on the side of the road. It was amazing and I’ve loved black sesame ever since!

  • Lisa
    May 6, 2009 9:20am

    Hi David! I just got your new book on my Kindle (thank you for making it available for Kindle!) and can’t wait to start reading!
    My favorite flavor is Mango sorbet.

  • BrandonA
    May 6, 2009 9:20am

    Chocolate Cherry!!

  • Daniel Dill
    May 6, 2009 9:21am

    Raspberry sorbet. Mmmmmmm…

  • Kim
    May 6, 2009 9:21am

    mango sorbet–congrats on your new book! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Ed
    May 6, 2009 9:21am

    Cinnamon Ice Cream – sweet and creamy and a little fiery

  • Kelly
    May 6, 2009 9:22am

    ooooo, can’t wait to read your book, congrats! In Columbus, OH we are spoiled with great ice cream, my favorite would have to be Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip followed closely by Jeni’s Salty Caramel…but then there’s Denise’s Coffee Oreo…can there be a bad ice cream?

  • Huyen
    May 6, 2009 9:22am

    Congratulations on your new book!

    My favorite commercial ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. Nothing beats homemade.

  • May 6, 2009 9:23am

    Balsamic Strawberry from Bi Rite in San Francisco!

    Sadly, I don’t get it too much, since I now live in Australia…

  • May 6, 2009 9:23am

    my favorite is cookies n cream.