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)
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Cultural, France, Travel, Food and Drink, Food

Reviews L'Appart

  • Deanna
    Not sure if I’m giving this 3 stars because I want it to be at least 3 stars, or if it actually belongs there. Ok, I’ll say it does. It doesn’t belong in my collection of 2 star reads. But I was disappointed. I enjoy his blog writing and enjoyed his earlier memoir well enough. This one lacked a sense of the personal. It’s perhaps unfair to compare it to Frances Mayes’ Tuscany memoirs, which are rich in personal reflection and inner life...
  • 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...
  • 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
    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 ...
  • Beverly Swerling
    Obviously my friends and family know I adore memoir in general and chef/food/cookery memoir maybe most of all. I got two such for Christmas. (Will review the second shortly.) The author of L'Appart is David Lebovitz whose blog, Living the Sweet Life in Paris, is one of the best food sites on the net, and I am a frequent visitor and a faithful reader of his newsletters. Add to that the fact that I too was an American expat for many years, and I've...
  • Holly
    More David Lebovitz on life in Paris. L'Appart concerns exactly what the title suggests - his experiences in buying and renovating a Paris apartment. It's a years-long process that he occasionally regrets embarking on, but it's told with humor and interesting details and portraits of real estate agents, builders, and contractors. He is completely taken advantage of by all of these parties, and the building contractors are so awful - so lazy and h...
  • Michelle
    As charming as it is informative, L’appart offers a chef’s eye view of the beauty and bureaucratic madness that is France.After moving from San Francisco to Paris, Lebovitz spent a decade living in a tiny top-floor flat with a magnificent view of the City of Light. When he finally decided to buy his own place, he had no idea what he was in for. In this fresh, funny memoir, sprinkled with insider knowledge about Paris life (sales only happen o...
  • Lucy Burdette
    delightful read for Paris lovers and foodies and anyone crazy enough to attempt renovations in France!
  • Melissa
    Lebovitz's roller-coaster tale about purchasing and then renovating an apartment in Paris does not inspire me AT ALL to ever buy property in a foreign country. The US is bad enough. It unfortunately also made this a rather repetitive book and the recipes Lebovitz included at the end of almost every chapter didn't always feel connected to the chapter (and complicated, these are not for inexperienced cooks).
  • 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.
  • Wendy Greene
    After having read Lebovitz's "The Sweet Life in Paris," I couldn't wait to read "L'Appart." Sadly, it was a disappointment, though only in part because it's just not a very good book. Let me explain: I adore Paris, speak French fluently, work with French expats and have a fairly good understanding of the charms and foibles of the French. I have seen how "soupe au lait" French people can be. They can have a tendency to blow a gasket if they feel t...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Have had a fabulous armchair week in France, from the last Christmas in paris, Paris in the present, to alice waters coming to my senses, wrapping up with her old employee David's latest book. I find him delightfully funny, sprinkled with munchable pages was a perfect end to a French holiday. He is the antithesis to me paying through the nose for endless snafus and headaches, he must have the blood pressure of a sloth, I was having panic attacks ...
  • 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...
  • Angela
    I’m a diehard francophile who has read many books about the expat experience in France. This one describes the unbelievable ride that David Lebovitz had renovating a Paris apartment. “Welcome to my nightmare” comes to mind. There are some sharp insights on culture and language, and — though the intensity and layers of frustration made me feel his pain — there are some good laughs as well. The book hits home in a special way (she said sa...
  • E
    Bummer. I really enjoyed the author's other books on life in Paris. But this one, basically takes you through the pain of his search to buy an apartment in the city and the bureaucracy plus challenging behavior that makes it even more complicated and frustrating than in the US. As someone who recently-ish went through the sale and purchase of a new home in a challenging market - I just didn't get a lot of joy out of this (nor think it was very fu...
  • 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...
  • Maya
    Love his writing and his recipes and was so excited for this book, but reading for chapters on end about his largely self-induced renovation nightmares made me want to tear my hair out. Not for me.
  • 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...
  • Sally
    Poor David!A terrifying, funny and educational book. A lamb to the slaughter by venal contractors. A happy ending to a story which had me groaning in sympathy and laughing out loud.
  • Beth
    Chef and cookbook author Lebovitz decides to buy an apartment in Paris, after living there for about 10 years, an expat from San Francisco. This sounds like the stuff of dreams, but his venture takes on a nightmarish quality. The process to buy his apartment is convoluted and takes about 10 months with various setbacks - he is even required to provide a urine sample to obtain a bank loan. Then he embarks on a large remodeling project which is fra...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Lex
    I adore David Lebovitz, his blog, and his cookbooks. His ice cream cookbook (The Perfect Scoop) is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time and gets much use in the summertime. I was really, really looking forward to this book but I found myself slightly disappointed by it. In trying to put my finger on what exactly bothered me, this is what I've come up with:First of all, the book completely stressed me out. I found myself feeling very tense rea...
  • paula_reads
    I love home decorating or home renovation shows and thankfully we get plenty on German TV. German shows, the ones from the US (the brothers, the sisters, the couples etc) and British shows. One thing I'm taking away from all those shows: I wouldn't want to live in a US house. Whenever I see all that rotten wood I'm like ewwww and besides all the issues that US has, their house building situation is an important one to me lol So now here's David L...
  • Jill
    I'm not sure I know anyone who hasn't dreamed of packing up and moving somewhere exotic at some point. For me, it was always England. Until I read Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. And then I read Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun. And then I realized that I need to be careful where I read about, because it doesn't take much to make me want to pack up and try an entirely different life. Or a life in an entirely different place. Author and past...
  • 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...
  • Denice Barker
    I am kind of a survival book snob. I admit it. I figure if the author lived to tell the story then what’s the point of reading it? I mean, we know the ending, right? So, generally, I have to think something is a bit out of the ordinary to give it a go.L’appart made me take a second look because it was written by a professional cook and baker, it was set in Paris and it was promised to be honest, humorous and horrible. Mr. Lebovitz had lived i...