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

Amy Thomas

"Feels appropriate to indulge in this sweet and sometimes savory read while filming [in Paris]! I'm loving every tip and recommendation I read and cannot help but feel Emily would too."--Lily Collins, star of Emily in Paris (via Instagram)

Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan and move to 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 perfect for fans of Emily in Paris and a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.

Praise for Paris, My Sweet:

"From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable."

--Elizabeth Bard, bestselling author of Lunch in Paris

"Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises."

--David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris

"Amy Thomas seduces us in the same manner that Paris seduced her--one exquisite morsel at a time."

--Nichole Robertson, author of Paris in Color

Book Details

  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publish Date: Feb 1st, 2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.20in - 5.50in - 0.90in - 0.85lb
  • EAN: 9781402264115
  • Categories: Courses & Dishes - PastryCulinaryEditors, Journalists, Publishers

About the Author

Thomas, Amy: -

Amy Thomas is a New York-based writer who, for two lucky years, got to call Paris home. In addition to working as a copywriter in advertising, she writes about food, travel, design, and fashion for various publications such as the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is slightly obsessed with sweets.

Praise for this book

"Dessert lovers will devour this one... Amy Thomas draws the reader into the comfort of sweets seemingly found on every street corner in Paris, creating a delectable fantasy world. As a self-professed sugarholic, this memoir/travelogue/dessert guide to New York and Paris is a rare, nostalgic treat - equal parts charm, style, and wit." -- Pichet Ong, chef and author of The Sweet Spot
"Amy's adventures in Paris, My Sweet are of fairy tale magnitude. Her story is infectious and contagious in every way and has reminded me of so many of my own memories walking down those very streets and nibbling on those one of a kind Parisian treats. This book made me smile." -- Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award Winner, Author of Dessert FourPlay, Head Judge Top Chef Just Desserts
"More than just a tasty treat, Paris, My Sweet is a lot like fine chocolate--deep, rich and complex." -- Jamie Cat Callan, author of French Women Don't Sleep Alone and Bonjour, Happiness!
"A delectable memoir [and] sumptuous tribute to the sweet splendors of Paris and New York." -- Booklist
"It's fun, it's tooth-achingly sweet, and I loved every minute! " -- All Things Luxurious
"You will not regret letting Amy Thomas give you her Parisian tour in Paris, My Sweet. Grab a postcard of the Eiffel Tower and a few bars of chocolate and prepare to be transported!" -- The Allure of Books
"A delightful surprise that I enjoyed immensely." -- Sweet Tidbits
"A fun and light romp through the boulangeries, patisseries, and chocolatiers of New York City and Paris." -- Lit Chick
"If you have a sweet tooth, if you want to live vicariously through the eyes of Amy Thomas as she spends time in both Paris and New York, then this may be a good choice for you." -- Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
"From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable." -- Elizabeth Bard, bestselling author of Lunch in Paris
"With an air of wistful reflection and infectious awe, Amy's tale warms the hearts of die-hard Francophiles and even the most seasoned of expats. To be devoured guiltlessly." -- Lost in Cheeseland
"A memoir on moving from NYC to Paris for a whole new set of adventures, with an emphasis on trying all of the desserts! (The way she describes them is just magic.)" -- Helen Hearts
"Fortunately for the rest of us, she shares her tasty discoveries in a book that is easily and delightfully devoured." -- Parisien Salon
"Irresistible, but really dangerous if you are on a diet." -- Words and Peace
"A delicious, delectable gem of a book." -- Alexa Loves Books
"If you're a chocolate, or sweets in general, aficionado, this is a fun read and is very much a tour of all things delicious á la Paris and NYC." -- A Work in Progress
"Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) (Sourcebooks) balances her unexpected homesickness--often taking the form of a yen for Billy's cupcakes and Levain cookies--with delicious new findings, including sexy boutique chocolatiers (Pigalle's L'Etoile d'Or) and Paris' best madeleine purveyor (Blé Sucré)." --
"Paris, My Sweet is a guidebook of sorts, but it's also just a fun and decadent read--I devoured it in less than 48 hours, pausing only to scrounge up some chocolate now and again." -- Hip Paris
"I strongly suggest this book for you chocoholics out there." -- Minding Spot
"The book is an entertaining memoir about a girl and her love for Paris [as well as her struggle with loving New York too]." -- Gourmet Galley
"The ultimate guide to eating in Paris (and New York) and you can bet I'll be using this as my sweet tooth guide the next time the hubby and I make it to Paris." -- Cheeky Reads
"The descriptions Amy gives us of all these goodies makes your mouth water and at times I felt sure I could smell the sugary sweetness right through my iPad. All the chocolate - oh my! It sounds like a piece of heaven for sure!" -- Peeking Between the Pages
"If you live in New York or Paris, or plan to visit either, and have a sweet tooth, this is a book that you will want to pick up. It is fun...and delicious." -- A Lovely Shore Breeze
"You don't have to be a francophile to enjoy this book. If you love desserts and heart-warming stories, you will devour it!" -- Misadventures with Andi
"I think I gained ten pounds just reading [this memoir]." -- Eva's Sanctuary
"The way she describes the sweets is like a designer describing their latest creation. I found myself completely absorbed in not only the sweets but the places she was describing." -- Radiant Light
"An easy, fun read whether you love food, love Paris or New York, or want to mentally transport yourself to a different life and world." -- Paris Pastry
"Do not read this book on an empty stomach...After a couple of chapters, I was ready to throw the book aside and hop a jet to either city just to get my hands on some of the food she described." -- Working Title
"Thomas's story in Paris, My Sweet is inspiring in her quest to redefine her life for herself--and of course, will leave readers longing for a quick dash into a Parisian bakery." -- Shelf Awareness for Readers
"Amy as a narrator is of the food and the city are written about with such passion and detail that I could almost believe I'd been there." -- 104 Reviews
"[The] storyline kept me engaged and, of course, the chocolate descriptions kept me salivating." -- Bookshipper
"A bonbon of a book." -- USA Today
"Paris, My Sweet was a great way to journey [to Paris] and eat the desserts without any of the guilt." -- My House of Books
"I fell in love with this book from page one." -- Bless Their Hearts Mom
"If you have a sweet tooth then you'll love this book!" -- Books with Coffee
"Ms. Thomas really knows her desserts and she has without question uncovered a treasure trove of destination spots to sample all manner of sweets in Paris and New York." -- New York Journal of Books
"There are a number of paragraphs describing foods so rich and sweet that I thought I might develop second-hand cavities from her descriptions." -- The Novel World
"Charming, funny and as scrumptious as the dessert menus it exalts, Paris, My Sweet explores the heady-but-fleeting sweet moments and the richer, longer-lasting satisfaction of creating a life in a new city from scratch. With mouthwatering descriptions (and addresses!) of Thomas's favorite sweet spots on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is a treasure map for readers searching for the life they were meant to live--or simply on the lookout for their next favorite cookie or croissant." -- Shelf Awareness
"Reading this book made my mouth salivate and I craved macaroons and cupcakes and all things yummy." -- Book Girl of Mur-y Castell
"Believe me, if you read this book while hungry then you're making a huge mistake. You need to read this book with a dozen different pastries to keep you going because Thomas's descriptions are just mouth-watering." -- Chick Lit Reviews and News
"Needless to say, I inhaled the book, much like I would a box of macarons. Pierre Hermé or Laduree. It felt as though Amy were telling me her story in person, over a chocolat chaud." -- Love in the City of Lights
"Truly a wonderful read about sweets and how to get through life in a new country by yourself. " -- Book Hounds
"Anyone with a sweet tooth will agree Amy makes a great case for eating dessert for dinner. I devoured her book in two days." -- Paris I'm Perfect
"Amy smartly puts a full address list of all the Paris and New York sweet shops so you can rent a Velib bicycle and track them just like she did." -- I Prefer Paris
"Ms. Thomas' writing is engaging and her way of describing a cake can make your mouth water. " -- Broken TeePee
"If an Air France flight is not in your budget, Paris, My Sweet should satiate any cravings you might have." --
"Shortly after starting this book I was highlighting paragraphs, jotting down must go to places...I loved this!" -- Bookworm with a View
"I pretty much drooled my way through Paris, My Sweet. It was delectably delicious. Ms. Thomas's writing is fresh and fun." -- Anna's Book Blog
"I read it all in one's one of those make-you-smile-inside books." -- Kathy YL Chan
"Amy highlights the challenges and the rewards as she eats her way through the City of Light." -- Aloha On My Mind
"I found myself craving to have a serving of what she was describing right in front of me as I read the book." -- Palmer's Picks for Reading
"The descriptions of the food Thomas enjoyed in Paris are some of the best I have ever read, and I have read a lot of foodie books." -- The Book Garden
"This little book is a treat for the senses and the mind. You will feel as if you are on a sweet ride with Amy." -- Maurice on Books
"Do not read this on an empty stomach, or if you're on a diet. The author even had me craving desserts I'm allergic to." -- That Artsy Reader Girl
"A starry-eyed tour of the City of Light's best pâtisseries, juxtaposed with the American-style treats of her beloved New York." -- Adventures in Food, France and Beyond
"Amy's book is full of sweet eating tales of both New York and Paris." -- Paris Breakfast
"Part memoir, part sweets-filled travel guide, this light book is a bonbon for anyone planning to spend time in either city (or just dreaming they will)." -- Pursuist
"If you love Paris and New York (what a perfect combination) plus a dose of the sweet then this is the delicious memoir to indulge in." -- French Essence
"Warning: If you do not have chocolate nearby, do not read this book. Under any circumstance.In fact, make sure you BUY chocolate ahead of time. Or a cupcake and read it alongside." -- A Fair Substitute for Heaven
"Do not read this book on an empty stomach. It may trigger mad dashes to your nearest bakery, or worse, travel agency." -- The Reader Reviewer
"A sweet and charming tale of Paris through the eyes of a cake-lover. Willie Wonka for grown ups -- and a guide to some of the sweetest destinations in the City of Light." -- Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Sweet
"Such a charming, heartfelt book. Paris, My Sweet is as dainty and decadent as a box of pastel macarons, a bewitching tale of a young woman's love affair with two iconic cities and the confections found in each one." -- Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese
"Amy Thomas's descriptions of the delicious delights in Paris and New York had me almost licking the pages." -- Rachel Khoo, author of Little Paris Kitchen
"Grab yourself a slice of your favourite dessert, a nice cup of tea and settle in to read a book that is meant to be devoured." -- Chocolate and Croissants
"Though I don't recommend reading this tribute to deliciousness during a 21-day-juice cleanse - you'd surely lose the will to go on - it's the perfect book any other time you find yourself in need of geographic or baked escapism." -- The Chalkboard Magazine
"Follow Amy Thomas's quest in Paris to find the tastiest chocolates, towering gâteaux, and most sublime macarons while crisscrossing the Atlantic. Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises." -- David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris
"In her book, she paints a colorful picture of both macaron-mad New Yorkers and cupcake-crazed Parisians." -- New York Post
"Quick, breezy [this book] will make you want to travel to Paris and gorge on cake immediately." -- Tiny Library
"An enjoyable read, and will certainly appeal to all travelers and gourmands." -- The Story Girl Book Reviews
"Less a memoir than an anecdotal travelogue to delectable desserts - this could easily be titled Sweets and the Single Girl. " -- Lit Chick
"A charming, easy-to-read weekend book jaunt to inspire one's own neighbourhood search for most delectable mouthfuls." -- Apprentice Writer
"Whether Thomas is writing about macaroons, the cupcake craze in Paris, what makes French toast so delicious, or the power of chocolate chip cookies, you'll be willing to follow the writer any place she goes." -- 1330V
"Spolier alert: There's molten chocolate cake and salted caramel involved." -- Little Brown Pen
"Anything but a predictable read on desserts, Thomas' palette for all things sweet should be on every Sweet Freak's to taste list. This certainly is one dark chocolate journey you need to go down." -- Haut Appétit