"A Sweet Life in Paris" By: David Lebovitz


Switching up cultures is an art-form and not all people can do it with grace. David Lebovitz lays this book out in a way that practically spark notes the culture: the need to knows and the what not to do's. Fashion, language, attitude, recipes and the comical divergence of the American and French customs are chronicled into a helpful guide to smooth out your cultural transition.

On the surface the French have been labeled as a snobby and quiet bunch—at least those are the warnings I received before my arrival here. And for the most part it is true, but by definition that is a stereotype. Lebovitz organizes all his tips into a useful guide to adapt to the strange customs of the French.

It is funny looking back at this book after having lived in Paris, France for over a week. The Parisians have a sense of fashion that Americans can't even fathom. Lebovitz irons his towels! You can't even wear sweatpants to take the garbage out. The French take care of the selves, and you can notice.

Littered with quick tips and Parisian knowledge "A Sweet Life in Paris" is a very helpful read to prepare you for your culture switch. Not to mention, this book is speckled with tiny recipes and quick Parisian eats, but my favorite chapter might be David Lebovitz's commentary on water. "With water all around us and beneath us, you'd think it'd be easy to get a glass of the stuff."—and boy is he right. It is borderline impossible to get water to gulp down at a restaurant; the French use their water for sipping, if at all. It is something I have had the hardest time adapting to. Lebovitz's quick tips have helped, but you can't adapt to this culture overnight.