Kristina’s Bookshelf

L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making my Paris Home

by David Lebovitz
(Crown, 2017)
East Bay residents may know David Lebovitz as a former chef at Chez Panisse, author of much-loved cookbooks My Paris Kitchen, The Perfect ScoopThe Sweet Life in Paris, and three others, and creator of a popular food and living blog at Lebovitz’s departure after 13 years from Chez Panisse took him to Paris, where he lived for ten years in a rental before deciding to buy his own place. In his latest book, the author details with humor and the keen eye of a traveler his real estate ownership odyssey—including a lot of misadventures and mishaps—buying and renovating his new apartment together with his partner, Romain. The book includes about two dozen recipes, each included to illustrate a story: His Swedish Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies were inspired by a meltdown during a frustrating visit to IKEA, and his delightfully toothsome Plum Raspberry Gratin is a recipe devised to bake in a toaster oven during renovations. An easy read, this book is sure to amuse and entertain any cook who’s ever undertaken a kitchen remodel or imagined living in Paris.

Meet Author David Lebovitz and sample flavors from his new book:

Thursday November 16, 6pm
Rakestraw Books
3 Railroad Ave, Danville
Info: here

Friday November 17, 4–6pm
Market Hall Foods Rockridge
5655 College Ave, Oakland
Info: here

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with our readers.