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My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,420 ratings  ·  242 reviews
A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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I had so much fun reading this cookbook/memoir over the past week. I didn't hurry, just enjoyed the recipes, the little stories, and the vibrant pictures that David Lebovitz included.

I will say that I found the recipes intriguing and thought everything sounded great. I am now addicted to salted butter and found out things that I never knew before regarding duck fat. Also I now want to buy all the duck fat and make it with potatoes. Mmmmmm.

I would say that I wish that we had more stories include
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lebovitz is known for his delicious French-inspired desserts, but this is more of an all-round cookbook, with tales of how he entertains friends in his tiny Paris apartment. An informative introduction sets the record straight by exploding myths about French food. He also tells some amusing stories of how he as an American chef is received by the French – who expected him to be a gastronomically-illiterate, McDonalds-munching doofus.

Whereas fresh, local and seasonal food has enjoyed a huge upsur
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I was reading this more for descriptions of French food and Parisian life than I was for recipes. The chance that I will actually cook anything from this cookbook starts at fair and decreases. Just so you know.

Why am I unlikely to actually make any of these dishes? Three reasons:

1. The French don't eat like I like to eat. Very few fresh vegetables, and what's there would, to me, be overcooked. Lots and lots of meat, and often the kinds that I would bend over backward to avoid for one
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get all excited about a book, and then it arrives and I won’t touch it. Am I intimidated? Procrastinating? Saving it for the perfect day and mood? I haven’t figured out that part of my psyche yet. The latest victim of this “waiting game” was David Lebovitz’s cookbook My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories. Visually, it’s a gorgeous volume, and Lebovitz has a way with words. So why did it sit on the side table untouched for almost 5 months? That’s a mystery ...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ng, cookbooks
A must have for French cuisine enthusiasts!

I was so excited when I got approved for this I may have squealed. Shhh don't tell anyone. I have Ready for Dessert and use it regularly. Actually, I have cookbooks from three current or former chefs of Chez Panisse. Mainly because I subscribe to their ethos of farm to market, sustainability and simplicity in cooking. That's not to say that I don't enjoy hi-tech chefs and their foams, soils, liquid nitrogen and agar agar but that's not practical. We
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I first encountered David Lebovitz — cook, ex-pat extraordinaire and raconteur— on his website. Imagine how delighted I was when I found his My Paris Kitchen, a cookbook, memoir of sorts and travelogue, all rolled into one! You’ll love the recipes, of course; you’ll love the stories even more.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love David Lebovitz so much. I'm working my way through this cookbook, Julie & Julia-style, and it's making me very, very happy. ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are cookbooks that I glance through, marking recipes to try. Then there are the cookbooks, that sit on my bedside table, ready to read like a novel. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz falls in the later category. This is a book you want to curl up with, with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. It is a lush beautiful cookbook. It’s a good size, with 340 pages, and filled with lovely photographs.

The book begins with an introduction, with David talking about his move to Paris and setting up his
Caroline Mathews
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
If only My Paris Kitchen were a simple tale of a famous chef and food blogger (David Lebovitz) spending this past decade living, entertaining, and building a nest for himself in France. But it isn't. To me, it's a treatise on how eating in Paris has changed over the years. They have problems we Americans haven't even thought of.

There are no recipes here that I want to give even a cursory try. I have a huge repertoire of American Southern, New Orleans, and East Coast dishes as well as the best o
This book really made me want to return to Paris ASAP! I was there in 2010 but only for 4 days. The food in Paris is so delicious. Anyway, I doubt if I'll try and make any of these fab dishes since they seem quite elaborate but thanks for the memories! ...more
Carol M
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was chalk full of stories and thoughts and information about the French people and their food. This book is every Francophile’s dream. Each recipe in this book is preceded with an explanation of how the French eat it, do they make it or buy it, etc. And the recipes: ooh la la! There is a recipe for French Onion Soup, Apricot tart, bread, Buche de Noel, and main dishes such as Coq au vin and Duck Confit. Best of all, there is an index in the back of the book. Also in the back of the boo ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just a recipe book

I first acquired this book in its Kindle format and started reading it on my iPad, relishing both the delicious recipes and the anecdotes and reflections on life in Paris. It soon became apparent that I desired to have this book in hard copy to be able to appreciate the photos and to physically feel it in my hands. This is a wonderful book which I cannot recommend highly enough if you want to learn about living and cooking in Paris and how we might recreate these reci
Diquari Ärméß
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful explanation of David’s Parisian culinary journey. The explanation of various French ingredients as well as the methods that brings out the most flavor in the culinary world really resonated with me. I definitely will be trying several of the recipes. The biography of David’s intro into Paris and his culinary path was really an added bonus to this book.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the best cookbooks I have ever READ. Yes, the recipes are good. I love the French recipes written for American cooks. But the stories! I was laughing outloud at many of his encounters with the French. He has such a great sense of humor & an amazing ability to express that humor.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting stories about Lebovitz' adjustment to life in Paris plus some recipes that look delicious. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the recipes
Loved the photos
Loved the banter and stories, but sometimes they get a little cloying with the sarcasm too repetitious and heavy-handed.
For that reason only, I'd give the book 4 1/2 stars, if that were possible.
But the recipes!!!
Jennifer Spiliakos
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am so incredibly tired of food authors who condescend. Unfortunately, the handful of recipes and anecdotes that appealed to me here are ruined by that tone.
Ghet Ekspözed
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A medium 4 star, about 3/5 relative to others. Nonfiction.

Message/Intent: Medium 3 stars. A cooking book filled with many recipes that I'm sure would be good if I had the interest and willpower to attempt cooking something beyond pasta. Why did I read it then? I like reading about food and descriptions of it. Examples are in the early books of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (I remember off the top of my head black pudding and nectar which tastes of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies). Anyway,
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much more than just recipes.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Lebovitz's, and not just because of his recipes. His observations about French and American cultures are spot on and pretty darn funny, and he always has fun anecdotes about Parisian life. Both those things alone would keep my interest in any book, so a book that has these AND is about food keeps me endlessly entertained.

The recipes in this book are a mix of French and newer American styles of cuisine, but they aren't trendy dishes that will go out of style; they're flavorful,
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I cannot rate My Paris Kitchen as a cookbook because I have not tried any of the recipes. I drooled over many of the recipes and hope to make some in the future. [Note to self, make the following: Indian Cheese Bread (p. 50), Cherry Tomato Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese (p.110), Onion Soup (p.118), Buckwheat Crepes with Ham, Cheese & Egg (p.135), Ham, Blue Cheese & Pear Quiche (p.155), Steak with Mustard Butter & French Fries (p.206), Herbed Fresh Pasta (p.230), Warm Chocolate Cake with Salted ...more
Susan Swiderski
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received "My Paris Kitchen" from the folks at "Blogging for Books." Those lovely people sent it to me for free, in exchange for an honest review on my blog. No problem. I'm also gonna write about it here and on Amazon.

Appropriately enough, this book arrived on my doorstep on Bastille Day. Kinda cool, huh? Piggy that I am, I devoured the entire thing in one gluttonous sitting.

Is it a cookbook? Yes, but it isn't just a cookbook. It's an intimate cookbook with a myriad of personal tou
Andrea Guy
I have a bit of a love/hate thing with this cookbook. It is more than a cookbook, with Mr. Lebovitz sharing stories and insights about Paris and all of France, food and cooking. This is a country that's always fascinated me and I've read many memoirs of American's that have moved there.

I knew going in, this wouldn't be a cookbook that I'd ever want for my own personal use. French cooking is not me. I will never be Julia Child

There were things I loved and hated about this.


The pictures of t
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of David Lebovitz's blog. I love to read about living and eating in Paris. This cookbook was an obvious addition to my cookbook collection.

Here is a link to his blog post today:

David's latest book is not just a cookbook. It is a book about living, cooking, eating, and shopping in Paris. The book is divided into Appetizers, First Courses, Main Courses, Sides, Desserts and Pantry. The Introduction itself details the ingredients and equipmen
I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley. I was initially very excited about it. I love Paris and I love cooking and I love cookbooks. This book started out strong but got very annoying very quickly. I don't speak French and I was incredibly frustrated by the inconsistent translations provided. Sometimes he would translate the French he was using. And sometimes he wouldn't. And there was no rhyme or reason I could see to this inconsistency. I did really enjoy the anecdotes that accompanied each ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of David Lebovitz's and have had great success with his recipes. I also love reading his blog about living in Paris and read his other book his other book "The Sweet Life in Paris". Lebovitz is a masterful writer engaging the reader about his love food and his adopted country. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes look delicious. I love the stories accompanying each recipe and have already ear marked quite a few recipes. ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to try some of these recipes. Bought my own copy of this great book. The stories he tells about Paris were wonderful and make me long to go back and the descriptions of the food... mouth watering. Can't wait to test out some of these delictable treats myself! ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
More than just a cookbook. The recipes are balanced with short and enjoyable tales of Lebovitz's experience of living in Paris and his observations about the differences between American and Parisian cultures. ...more
Laura Bradbury
Oui, oui, I know, I’m a massive fangirl
of everything David Lebovitz does,
but he is just fantastic.

Have you been watching his cocktail-
making videos during COVID? If not,
you are missing out.

This book contains 100 recipes that
reflect how Parisians eat today, and it
is a knock-out.
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Excellent stories, but the recipes aren't terribly accessible. ...more
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David Lebovitz is a sought-after cooking instructor with an award-winning food blog ( Trained as a pastry chef in France and Belgium, David worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California for twelve years. He now lives in Paris, France, where he leads culinary tours of the city.

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