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'The Sweet Life in Paris' hits the shelves

May 5, 2009 | 10:45 am

Sweetlife The first recipe in David Lebovitz's new book, "The Sweet Life in Paris," is for kir -- dry white wine with a little creme de cassis. He must have anticipated the urge to pour one's self an aperitif and settle in on the sofa, glass in one hand and book in the other, reading about his daily negotiations with all things Parisian. 

"Coming from America, where the average kitchen is the size of my entire apartment (and often larger), it was quite an experience learning to bake on a counter so small I had to lift one bowl up before I could set down another. I wasn't baking so much as practicing crowd control."  

You likely already know what hilarity and deliciousness are in store, because you likely read the former Chez Panisse pastry chef's blog. There's probably little else as fun as living vicariously through Lebovitz for 269 pages, especially when it involves chocolate spice bread, plum and raspberry clafoutis or lemon-glazed madeleines

-- Betty Hallock

"The Sweet Life in Paris," Crown Publishing, available today.