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

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"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

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      • source: David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Sweet
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Rachel Khoo, author of Little Paris Kitchen
      • content: "Amy Thomas's descriptions of the delicious delights in Paris and New York had me almost licking the pages."
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      • source: Pichet Ong, chef and author of The Sweet Spot
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award Winner, Author of Dessert FourPlay, Head Judge Top Chef Just Desserts
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Jamie Cat Callan, author of French Women Don't Sleep Alone and Bonjour, Happiness!
      • content: "More than just a tasty treat, Paris, My Sweet is a lot like fine chocolate—deep, rich and complex."
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      • content: "From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable."
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      • content: "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."
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      • content: "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."
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      • content: "Quick, breezy [this book] will make you want to travel to Paris and gorge on cake immediately."
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        February 20, 2012
        Traveling foodies of the world, rejoice—Thomas provides the sweet scoop on Paris and New York in this mouth-watering memoir. While an associate creative director at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, Thomas was offered a position as copywriter on the Louis Vuitton account in Paris. So she left her life in New York—where an insatiable sweet tooth had made her a veritable expert on the city's bakeries and chocolatiers—to live in the foodie mecca of the Second Arrondissement and work in a gorgeous building on the Champs-Élysées. During her quest to find the best breads, desserts, and cheeses at the myriad pâtisseries, boulangeries, and bistros, Thomas revels in the historic and cultural joys of Paris—the parks, markets, and of course the gorgeous Canal Saint-Martin. Thankfully, her vivid descriptions of baguettes, macaroons, and baba au rhum do more than merely tempt—supplemented with an extensive list of Thomas' favorite bakeries in Paris and New York, readers can get their own taste of two cities, though Thomas' is the tale to beat. Maps.

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        February 15, 2012
        Self-described sweet-freak Thomas serves up a delectable memoir of her two years in Paris, writing advertising copy for Louis Vuitton, and, more important, trolling Parisian allees on her trusty Velib for all manner of sweets and treats. Centering on a particular pastry or dessert, each chapter details her often tiresome attempts to assimilate to her new city as well as her far more intriguing and successful gastronomic adventures. As she ferrets out the finest boulangeries, chocolatiers, and patisseries, most of which are far off the typical tourist paths, she describes, in mouth-watering detail, her divinely delicious discoveries. As a bonus, at the end of each chapter, she compares the best of the best in Paris with those in her native New York City. Thomas, a well-known foodie blogger/columnist, shines when she sticks to the subject of edible delights; if she dishes a bit too much on her personal woes, it's a small price to pay for this otherwise sumptuous tribute to the sweet splendors of Paris and New York.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
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        August 27, 2012
        "I studied the Lost Generation, reading Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Janet Flanner, and built a mini library so I'd never be far from Paris." This short but sweet ode to all things French informs Thomas's decision to move from Manhattan to Paris to write for Louis Vuitton and sample the finer things in life, namely dark chocolate and rich desserts. Narrator Cassandra Campbell delivers a stellar reading that is both nuanced and subtle, and all but embodies Thomas. Smart yet simple, confident yet slightly naïve, Campbell's tone is everything that Thomas was setting out on her new adventure. When Thomas longs for her old stomping grounds while attempting to reconcile her love of the French capital, Campbell manages to balance distant longing with absolute infatuation with only minor shifts in tone. A Sourcebooks paperback.

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"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,...

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