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)
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, 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...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    If you like the author David Sedaris, you will enjoy this book as well since the delights and disasters of buying an apartment in Paris are somewhat reminiscent of his work. World famous chef, David Lebovitz, decides to move to Paris from the US and make it his home.....a place to write his cookbooks and become immersed in the ambiance of the city of his dreams. But he was in for quite a surprise and his descriptions of the process of becoming a ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Sandra
    Prisipažįstu, kad įvairūs skaitiniai apie Paryžių ir prancūzus bei jų kultūrinius ypatumus yra mano guilty pleasure, man jie visad pakelia nuotaiką ir, vargu, ar kada atsibos. Tai nėra literatūros viršūnė, bet tokios kartelės niekada ir nekeliu šio tipo skaitiniams.Sukiotis virtuvėje nemėgstu, bet turiu per siūles braškančią kulinarinių knygų lentyną. Emm, įkvėpimui - jei kada kiltų noras pagaminti ką nors nekasdieni...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nora|KnyguDama
    Ką reiškia kraustymasis, naujų namų apyvokos daiktų paieškos, interjero kūrimas, namų atmosferos auginimas tikrai žinau. Lygiai taip pat žinau ką reiškia ieškoti gerų darbininkų, meistrų gebančių laiku ir pagal tavo skonį atlikti pavestus darbus. Galiu galvą guldyti, jog didžioji dalis iš savo pačių patirties žinote apie ką aš kalbu. Be rūpesčio, nerimo ir nervų joks kraustymasis ar remontas visoj pasaulio istorijoj ...
  • Kristin
    I have read a number of "My Life in Paris and or France" books and cookbook combinations over the years, but this is the first that has not painted the City of Lights with glassy eyed adoration. This is also the first story that gave me a close-up look at Parisian society and culture beyond raving about boulangeries, patisseries, charcuteries, name your "ies". And I appreciated the book all the more for it. Premise of the book is David moved to P...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Mary
    This was described to me as "the book that will ruin your House Hunters International Fantasies", and boy, did it ever! Leibovitz does a great job taking you through the process of procuring– and creating– his Paris home, which is alternatively delightful and, well... a little boring. I love foodie and travel memoirs, but this one was just too much home reno to be a home run for me. Still, I found his writing engaging and his Parisian food an...
  • 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...
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    I won an uncorrected proof advanced reading copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
  • 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).
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • M. Sarki
    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/170569...Hard to imagine a cookbook being a truly interesting read, or even a memoir detailing the purchase and renovation of a Paris metal shop into a home. Every bit of the construction process is examined and revealed including the frustrating search for the appliances to go into it. But David Lebovitz makes his story a joy to read. Just enough humor and despair to make his book pleasurable. Even the recipes at t...
  • Bett
    I enjoyed the first half or so of this book -- and really the whole thing, for its writing -- but then it got to me. David ("Daveed") Lebovitz' voice is warm and charming, and there are yummy looking recipes scattered about, and he lives IN PARIS; what's not to love? I'll tell you what: the story itself is beyond aggravating! I'm an architect by trade and find that by and large people misunderstand the purpose of our whole profession, and think t...
  • Meghan McGhee
    I did not enjoy this book, I read about 40% before switching to the audiobook..didn’t help at all.I love reading expat accounts of their trials abroad whether it’s traveling, romance or like this book, buying/renting a home. This book was a long whine about things being different. The author spent 80% of the book explaining how different Parisians and Paris is from the USA and how much of a struggle it was getting on without knowing the langu...
  • 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 ...
  • Margo Littell
    Laughed out loud throughout this book, while simultaneously feeling genuine dread as the renovation nightmares unfolded. Lebovitz doesn't hold back on the portentious foreshadowing, playing up his naivete and solicitousness so that it becomes clear he's in for a truly awful French-property reckoning. Anyone who's endured even the most run-of-the-mill renovation will find much to relate to in these pages. The horror is real, even if the reward--a ...
  • 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...
  • Holly LaDue
    I don't think this was the intended consequence per se, but this book made me squirm and shudder so often. Like many, I've played with the fantasy of what it would be like to pick up and move to France. This book pretty much squelches any desire to do so. Lebovitz writes with great detail the horrors of the bureaucracy and irrationality prevailing in his chosen City of Light, in such a way that left me appreciative of US customer of service, bank...
  • 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...
  • Ericca
    3.5 stars....one minute I was LOLing, the next shaking my head in disbelief at all of the problems, & the next my mouth was watering reading the delicious sounding recipes. Definitely makes me think twice about ever doing renovations in an apt in Paris...although, i wouldn’t have to think twice about actually having an apt in Paris to renovate.
  • Ann Mah
    At once witty and wistful, this tale of French home ownership and renovation had me crying tears of hilarity and frustration. David is a charming narrator and while this story could have been a flimsy fairytale, it quickly veered into the horror genre ;)