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The de­lights and dis­as­ters of mak­ing my Paris home David Le­bovitz, £22.50, Crown ISBN 9780804188388

“I started and stopped my hunt for an apart­ment more times than a ter­ri­fied Amer­i­can driver behind the wheel of a Citroën (who shall re­main name­less) at­tempts to en­ter the chaos of traf­fic en­cir­cling the Arc de Tri­om­phe.”

Amer­i­can chef and baker David Le­bovitz, has lived in Paris since 2004, where he pub­lishes a pop­u­lar food and lifestyle blog, and writes books about food, Paris or food in Paris. His lat­est work marks a slight de­par­ture by fol­low­ing his jour­ney of buy­ing and ren­o­vat­ing an apart­ment, com­plete of course with a

sparkling new kitchen. Hav­ing spent years en­joy­ing en­coun­ters with mar­ket traders, choco­latiers and pâtissiers, he finds the ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with no­taires and con­trac­tors rather less ap­petis­ing. The in­evitable en­coun­ters with bu­reau­cratic red tape and with builders for whom the phrase ‘ pas de prob­lème’ means ex­actly the op­po­site, make an amus­ing read, which you might re­late to as house­hunters in France. The book is com­ple­mented by mouth­wa­ter­ing recipes that con­clude many of the 38 chap­ters.

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