Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
This is Amy Thomas' personal tug-of-war between Paris and New York. Paris won a few battles; New York eventually won the war. This book tells us about the battles Paris won and how the authour indulged her love of sweet things and tried to experience as much of Paris as she could in the time she was living there.
Each chapter takes on a specific dessert: cupcakes, macarons, cookies, cakes, crumbles, hot chocolate, madeleines and muffins are all given equal attention. You get details of which bakeries sell them and the various kinds she was able to find and sample, then at the end of each chapter she tells you where her favourites can be found in both Paris and New York. At the end of the book is a list of addresses for every bakery mentioned.
Around all the talk of sugary goodness is the story of her life in the City of Light, how she got her job and her apartment, her visitors from back home and her visits there, the friends she made and her discoveries as she explored the different sections of the city. She paints quite a vivid picture of the most visited city on the planet.
There was really no way for me not to enjoy this book. It's set in Paris, her story is interesting and her writing is good. There's nothing to dislike. It's a fun, light read and one I'll probably read again when my craving for France and things French needs to be indulged. I definitely recommend it.