Friday 3 February 2012

Review: Paris, my sweet: A year in the City of Light (and dark chocolate) - Amy Thomas

Genre: Food memoir/Travel
Pages: 288
Published: Feb 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: For review

Part love letter to New York, part love letter to Paris, and total devotion to all things sweet. Paris, My Sweet is a personal and moveable feast that’s a treasure map for anyone who loves fresh cupcakes and fine chocolate, New York and Paris, and life in general. It’s about how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a sliver of cheesecake and about how the life you’re meant to live doesn’t always taste like the one you envisioned. Organized into a baker’s dozen of delicacies (and the adventures they inspired) that will tempt readers’ appetites, Paris, My Sweet is something to savor.

My thoughts:
I do not usually do this but this is one book that I can't describe without putting in a few pics. Because reading this book made my mouth salivate and I craved macaroons and cupcakes and all things yummy. This is not a book to read on an empty stomach because Amy Thomas will make you want to eat all these sweets.

Amy Thomas traveled to Paris for her job and lived there, she is a lover of all things sweet and Paris offered her this and much more. This book is about her journey in Paris, all the nice things she found and ate, and just about being a ex-at in the city of light. The book also have flashbacks of her favorite places in New York and she compares for example chocolate chip cookies there and in Paris. And how cupcakes came to Paris.

It was a fun book to read and mostly because I too love sweets, and to my own horror I have never tasted a macaroon! But after this book I have to. And I really want to taste a true cupcake too. What can I say, I am going to head to the bakery or a coffee shop and taste a few things.

But I do warn you all, this book is delicious! Your sweet tooth will ache from page 1. I do like bread because it can be good, but the way she described it in one scene made me want to go to Paris. But then everything she wrote about made me feel the same.

She has quite the way with words. No photos were needed in her book as she described everything perfectly, but from my review you understand what I felt when reading this book. Sweets everywhere and for everyone. Yummy!



  1. There were no cupcakes in Paris when we lived in France. I'm curious as to how they came there.

  2. So many memoirs and novels about Paris in the past 12 months. This one sounds yummy :)

  3. This sounds delicious, and I probably should avoid it since I'm trying to stay away from sweets. ;)

  4. Bermuda
    She just got home from Paris so they just showed up there a 2-3 years ago :)

    I have noticed that too!

    Good luck! I could sadly never manage, I have a chocolate addiction

  5. This one sounds fantastic. Great review!

  6. yummmmmmm. I'm a sucker for sweets. Mainly cookies, but others are good too. I think I'll avoid this book for a wee bit...I'm trying to avoid those yummy but eviiiiil sweets. ^.^

  7. First Jen and then you! Honestly girls, I think I am several kilos heavier by just looking at these yummy pics! Have some mercy, spring is coming! And pass that cupcake of course ;p

  8. Delicious. I want a cupcake.

  9. Oh my goodness I love food memoirs so I need to get my hands on this book!

  10. This post has inspired epic drool! I'm such a sweet-a-holic. Thank you!

  11. Bread in France is somehow so much better than in the UK, I think. This sounds like the kind of book I'd like. Is it non-fiction?
    It sounds a bit like "Lunch In Paris" which is another one I keep picking up at the moment, but have yet to actually buy.


  12. This review and the pics are really giving me cravings. Must go get me some sweets.

  13. I just read this last week and I really liked it too. I had to make cupcakes from scratch after reading it I was craving one so badly!

  14. Okay, now I want cupcakes and chocolate. LOL

  15. Oh, yum!! This sounds like a fun read.

  16. I knew I shouldn't have read your review on an empty belly!now I want sweets! This one sounds delicious!

  17. oh my, those treats look yummy!
    This memoir sounds good :) I enjoyed your review, now I'm craving

  18. Carole
    But they are so yuuuuuuuuummy! I totally pigged out today. I could not stop myself

    Of course *gives a cupcake* No, take 2 ;)

    Me too ;)

    Then this one is so for you

    I could have drooled at the pages, how her teeth are not rotted I do not know

  19. Ailsa
    It's non-fic, but it feels like fic a tiny bit. But yes non.fic :) She is telling about her life.

    I do love our bread, dark rye bread. But when I want to enjoy then white bread, mmmmmmm

    I have to take a look at that one

    Hurry! Sweeeeets!

    I love chocolate

    LOL! I would have done that too, but I never get the top right

    Hihi, I am just that evil

    It was :D

    I even woke up early the next day, my belly wanted food

    You and me both ;)

  20. I'll be reading this soon and can't wait. I love books like this. Great post with all the pictures. Makes me very hungry especially all those scrumptious looking breads. I love bread!

  21. I've been thinking that this book sounded interesting but your review just sold me on reading it! I love all types of sweets (my downfall) and I can't resist reading this memoir. Great review!

  22. You're making me hungry Blodeuedd :)

  23. Oh goodness! I shouldn't be looking a pictures that delicious this late a night. Eating late is never a good idea.

    Thanks for making an exception and posting the pictures.

  24. I am very glad I did not read your review yesterday. Or earlier. I already have a reservation for High Tea in one of my favourite restaurants this afternoon. Looking forward to it, and hope my stepdaughter is going to enjoy it.

  25. Darlene
    Bread can be so good :D This makes me hungry again. Lol, I need to avoid this post

    Hihi, it sure is my downfall too ;)

    I am guilty, I confess

    I could not stop myself, I needed to show what went though my head ;)

    I hope you will have a great time cos that sounds so lovely!

  26. I love travel books and this sounds just like the kind of book I'd enjoy. I definitely have to get this one.

  27. Yep! Definitely on my list! I think she saw something in Paris I missed---think I can use it as an excuse to go back? LOL

  28. Oh my. I don't know if I should pick this up or not. Sounds wonderful but I'm bound to head out the bakery while I'm reading it.

  29. Carrie
    I need a macaroon!

    It was lovely and oh so yummy!

    LOL. I think you can use it as an excuse for sure ;) And she has addresses to all the yummy places

    If it hadn't been so cold thenI woulkd have rushed over to one



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