Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas

Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.

But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle's rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you're meant to live doesn't always taste like the one you envisioned.

Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.

Not the best book to read on a diet, but I really enjoyed this nonfiction book about Paris (and chocolate).  Paris is on the short list of places I'd love to visit, and while I'm not sure I'll ever make it there, Paris, My Sweet was a great way to journey and eat the desserts without any of the guilt. 

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Paris, My Sweet.)

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