The Sweet Life in Paris


On May 19, I’ll be doing a talk and booksigning The Sweet Life in Paris at the WHSmith store here in Paris. If you are in the area, or can make it by Tuesday, come join me!

(Update: Thanks to everyone who attended. It was a stellar turnout and it was so fun to meet so many of you. If you’re interested, there are signed copies of the book in the store. To find out where I’ll be next, visit my Schedule page.)

Kindle Edition

Also, many of you’ve mentioned that you’re happy that the book is available to download electronically. So if you have a Kindle, the book is available in a Kindle edition now, as well.

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  • May 16, 2009 9:27am

    Hello David,

    It’s too bad that I cannot make it to the event there in Paris, but I am lucky enough to have my copy delivered all the way here in Tokyo (thanks to, and I’ve spent last couple of hours turning the pages, snacking on some macarons (from Pierre Herme) and sipping coffee, with my mind drifting over Paris. It’s a great way to get a taste of Paris withoug leaving the house! And oh, I have just had one of my longstanding mysteries explained; why Americans never dare to adopt the metric system! :)

    Thanks for the lovely read and I’m looking forward to cooking from it once I’m done reading from cover to cover.

  • Elodie
    May 16, 2009 9:47am

    Zut, I have already an appointment at this time, in the opposite direction -of course!
    Are you going to do another signing?
    By the way, I tried to buy it at the Fnac and Gilbert-Joseph (ok, not the most English book friendly places), with no chance. I really have to go at WH Smith.

  • May 16, 2009 9:52am

    Elodie: I’ll be doing another event in June at Le Cocotte on a weekend. You can find more information on my Schedule page.

    Chika: Yes, I think I nailed it. But if anyone has a better explanation, I’m all ears!

  • May 16, 2009 10:24am

    I just got the Kindle edition.

  • May 16, 2009 11:15am

    Chaz: When I first heard about it, I was dubious about the Kindle. But I think for people that travel, live in small spaces, or for folks like me, that would go back to the US and have to lug back all sorts of books, it’s an interesting device.

  • Mrs Redboots
    May 16, 2009 11:52am

    Is it available in other electronic formats? I don’t have a Kindle (wrong continent), but I do have a Sony e-Reader – will the Kindle format read on that, do you know?

  • May 16, 2009 11:52am

    Oh, what a shame- I’m taking a trip to Paris mid-July! Any chance you’ll be doing any other events around that time?

  • May 16, 2009 12:58pm

    when I read “book-signing at WHSmith” i actually thought u were coming to the UK!! My local bookstores never do book-readings that interest me grrr :S

  • May 16, 2009 10:20pm

    Not only did I enjoy The Sweet Life, but I just finished the fig and olive tapenade recipe that is in the book.
    I served it on toasted raisin crostini and everyone loved it!
    Stacey Snacks

  • May 17, 2009 4:39pm

    My husband and I happen to be flying into Paris on Tuesday morning and plan to attend your booksigning that evening! Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Heidi
    May 19, 2009 7:25am


    In your recipe for madeleines on page 222, you call for a glaze of 1 tbs lemon juice and 2 tbs water. Is this correct, or should there be some powdered sugar? (And sorry if you’ve already answered this question before!)


    The 3/4 cup powdered sugar in the main ingredient list, just above the lemon juice and water, is the amount of powdered sugar called for in step 8. -dl

  • Flo
    May 20, 2009 3:07am

    I was there!
    It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday, I started reading your book in the metro, I couldn’t stop laughing :))
    Thank you!
    Flo, the napolitaine à Paris

  • Quyen
    May 20, 2009 2:44pm

    I got your book through your Amazon link, and loved it. It will definitely accompany us on our trip to Paris next week. I am pouting, because we are there between your two book signings, so I can’t make either of them! Thanks for a wonderful book and wonderful tips.

  • Patricia
    May 30, 2009 1:49pm

    Just finished reading your book and enjoyed it thoroughly! I have one question about the word “risquillage,” which you mentioned in the context of Parisians cutting in line. I have not seen this word before and neither have several of my French friends. Might it be instead the word “resquiller” which, according to Larousse means:

    FAM. Se procurer qqch sans y avoir droit et sans payer: Resquiller une place de concert.
    FAM. Se faufiler dans une salle de spectacle, un moyen de transport sans attendre son tour, sans payer sa place.

    Just need to find out, it’s the teacher in me… Thanks.

  • May 30, 2009 7:01pm

    salut patricia: Risquer means “to take a risk” so it was translated to me by a French friend as such, then copyedited by the publisher. (If you have French friends, as you know, there’s often disagreement about the language.)

    Will take a look & confirm the correct spelling. Glad you enjoyed the book! : )

  • adrian
    June 2, 2009 4:30am

    Yeah! I got your book Saturday! Are you going to do a European book-signing tour? Or do we all have to come to Paris? ;-)

  • June 2, 2009 6:43am

    Hi Adrian: At present, I am only doing events in Paris. Events are listed on my Schedule page.

    If there is a venue that is interested in having me come and speak, they can contact me through the website to make arrangements.


  • Jeff
    June 12, 2009 11:52am

    I would love a signed copy. Problem is that living in the states and no immediate plans to travel to Paris – that might (obviously) be a problem! Do you know if any of the stores would be able to take an order and ship it to me?


  • June 12, 2009 12:15pm

    Hi Jeff: WHSmith does have signed copies, but I think with shipping and customs, the price would be prohibitive. I’d hoped to do a book tour with the book but with publishing woes, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. . Will keep readers posted here if I make it stateside.

  • adrian
    June 15, 2009 7:07am

    just finished the book while on the beach in cyprus! hope you don’t mind that i got it all full of sand ;-)
    i loved the stories and the personal accounts. btw, the sex shop around the corner from my apartment has a huge black verge in the window!

  • July 9, 2009 6:31am

    Arrgh… I´ve already ordered two copies from and they always sent some copies with the pages not cut smoothly but all frizzled. I do hope the next one will be alright as I want to get started reading it.

  • David
    July 9, 2009 8:07am

    hsklein: That’s called a “deckled edge” and a lot of readers really like it, I found out –you can read more in the post on Book Notes. (Check the comments, too.)

    Enjoy the book!

  • adrian
    July 22, 2009 10:27am

    Yeah! I’ll be in Paris again sooner than I thought for a party in September. Last November I followed your chocolate guide and visited most addresses in your chocolate book. What a treasure trove!
    This time I’ll have less time and have to make the most of it. Any chance you’ll have a book signing Mid-September? ;-)

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