L'Appart by David Lebovitz


Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so ...

Details L'Appart

Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreCultural, France, Nonfiction, Travel, Autobiography, Memoir, Food and Drink, Cookbooks

Reviews L'Appart

  • Randal White
    Will blow away your House Hunters International fantasy! Lebovitz is an American chef and cookbook author who moved to Paris to advance his career. I have read his previous books, and he is a talented and engaging author. This particular book is about his search for, purchase of, and renovation of a home in Paris. And what a great story it is!I found myself surprised at the difficulty in even locating a property for sale in Paris (House Hunters I...
  • Danielle
    I have one of David's previous books, "The Sweet Life" but I haven't gotten around to reading it. So this is my first book that's been written by him. I am a total sucker for all things French and especially Parisian, so of course I was thrilled to read a memoir set in Paris.Overall, I thought the book was okay. L'Appart is all about the trials and tribulations of buying and renovating a Paris apartment when you are an American. Of course I, like...
  • Maggie Chats
    I really liked David Lebovitz's first book set in Paris so I was looking forward to reading this advanced copy. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book and found it very forced. Lebovitz recounts his adventures in buying an apartment in Paris. He starts off by telling us that looking for an apartment in Paris is different than looking for an apartment in the U.S. Then he tells us buying an apartment in Paris is different from buying an apartment ...
  • Kalen
    Interesting read. The eGalley didn't have any photos--I hope that the print edition will and/or the Lebovitz will create a portion of his website for some. I found a few "before" pictures but would like to see the apartment in all of its before and after glory. I don't know how Lebovitz had the stomach for this whole process but it made for interesting reading for someone with no emotional or financial involvement.I'm not really much of a Francop...
  • Neil Plakcy
    Lively and enjoyable, for the most part, though there was a bit too much of looking forward to doom and gloom in the renovation, which spoiled some of the anticipation. Haven't tried any of the recipes but they look just as yummy as the ones in his blog.
  • Leith Devine
    I've been reading David's blog for years, and this glimpse into his life in France was funny and revealing....and it has great recipes too!When the book starts, Davis has been in Paris for several years, renting an apartment. He decides it's time to buy, and descends into the Parisian world of bureaucracy, red tape, and unwritten rules that an American from California could not possible understand. Fortunately, he has his partner, a native and fe...
  • Diane Young
    “When I started looking for an apartment, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting into- just like how I decided to move to Paris. I just did it, then learned the steps along the way, aka, the hard way.” After spending years in Paris, David Lebovitz (a cookbook author) decides to finally make the City of Light his permanent home. Following his (mis)adventures in renovation, readers get an inside look at the outlandish behaviors of...
  • Judie
    I recently hired a gardener to do some yard work. I was supposed to get 40 hours of work for a little over $1,100. I knew I was in trouble when the first question he asked when he came here to work was when he pointed at something growing in the yard and asked“Is that a weed or a plant.” It went downhill from there: Compared to what David Lebovitz went through when he bought an apartment in Paris, I should be very grateful that I got away so ...
  • Amy Layton
    I wasn't really too sure which genre to put this book in for this review.  Nonfiction?  Totally.  Architecture?  Yeah, of course, he renovates his apartment.  Cooking?  Sure--he adds recipes at the end of each chapter.  ...Horror?  I'd have to say so, because I don't know if I've ever read anything scarier or more stress-inducing.  Is there anything more bone-chilling than an apartment renovation that goes awry?  More spooky than a reno...
  • Jim Cabaj
    David Lebovitz has done it again, spinning his life Paris in genuine and fun way. The author's new adventure is buying his first place in Paris and renovating it. Like the opening of a play, the author introduces you to his neighborhood in Paris and why he loves living there.The American in him gets to experience shopping for a home the French way. You meet the real estate agents and their way to advertise. You meet the bureaucrats that hold up e...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for the copy I won in a giveaway!3.5 stars, rounded up. L'Appart is definitely a book that will have somewhat niche appeal. If House Hunters International and all the various home remodeling shows fascinate you, L'Appart will interest you as it has the same sort of appeal, however, you have never seen remodeling disasters on those shows as devastating as the ones that David Lebovitz experiences in the saga of...
  • Beth
    I have enjoyed David Lebovitz' recipes for years, and always found it interesting that he has successfully made a home in Paris. I remember following his blog when he was in the process of buying his Paris apartment, though the details of what was going wrong are vague - so I was curious to read this. Let me just say - Paris is not for me.The book is well-written, with an engaging style that those familiar with Lebovitz will appreciate. It is mor...
  • Kate Cronin
    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and so have received an advance copy - the book will hit shelves in November. Lebovitz was a baker at Chez Panise for many years before moving to Paris. After years of renting, he decides to take the plunge and buy an apartment. What ensues is a long, expensive and painful process that was frankly hard to read - especially since he pretty much ignores advice from local Parisians in how to proceed and h...
  • Paul Svoboda
    I won a prerelease version in a GoodReads promotion.Having spent some substantial time in Paris, I have entertained ideas of living there/buying and apartment/seasonal living there - having read various accounts of those who had, I rejoiced when I won this book.David gives a embracing story of his purchase and renovation of his apartment. Now the cleaver part is how he weaves these fabulous recipes into just the perfect scene. Now three cheers - ...
  • Sandra
    Famous French chef, David Lebowitz, our author, had lived in France for some time. He finally makes the decision to invest in his own condo in Paris, the city he loves so much. He finds a place that has possibilities, and so he decides that renovations are in order. He will have his dream kitchen. He will have lots of light. Boy, was her wrong! Buying property and hiring renovations in France is much different than it is in the United States, whe...
  • Sandi
    This was a delightful real life story of Leibovitz's trials and tribulations in purchasing and renovating his apartment in Paris. At turns hilarious and horrifying, somehow - from a distance - he is able to analyze his mistakes and share his hard earned lessons in navigating the French bureaucracy and construction business. The recipes sprinkled throughout are enticing. An expat who had embraced French life but still can see the pitfalls of being...
  • Ang
    There's good material here, I think. But this needed a MUCH tighter edit. There's a LOT of repetition of phrases, and even of little anecdotes. And while I understand that Lebovitz is a noted recipe author, the recipes tacked onto the chapters didn't flow AT ALL with the story. If you're going to include recipes, talk about them in the chapters. And be consistent: either all chapters have recipes or all don't. The book really doesn't flow because...
  • Deidre
    Part cookbook, part memoir, all delicious. David Leibovitz's story of buying and renovating an apartment in Paris is like The Money Pit with a side of buttery pastry. Leibovitz keeps things light even when his apartment is falling apart around him. His stories of sourcing cabinets, including one memorable Ikea battle, and working with his contractor who answers every concern with pas de probleme, are humorous and relatable. A fun read for everyon...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    for anyone who daydreams about moving to Paris who would love to buy an apartment there read this book.I am a fan of Davids his books&especially his newsletters that shares with us his cooking his,life in Paris When David decides to buy an apartment a torturous task in Paris his fun&adventure begins.He takes us along as he endlessly looks for the apartment&then the nightmare reservationsSit back&enjoy Davids epic search for a home.
  • Rosey
    I loved Sweet Life in Paris but this one bogged me down. The extreme details of the renovation and the repetition between chapters was off putting and too much for me. I liked that there are recipes but the lack of cooking was disappointing. Not as good as his previous books. His fraught tale of getting an apartment definitely takes some of the shiny charm out of the dream of moving to Paris.
  • Mister Moose
    I'm sorry to say so but this is a terribly dull book, and I'm frankly amazed that a good editor didn't collar the writer and get him to tell a better and less willingly self-involved story.