Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for 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.
Less a memoir than an anecdotal travelogue to delectable desserts - this could easily be titled Sweets and the Single Girl. While there is the standard lament over romantic prospects - Thomas' biggest quandary seems to be more like torn between two cities. Where shall I make my home? What should my life look like? Why aren't I happy/content? Do not fear,for it does venture far into the philosophical, but veers instead into her diversion of choice - seeking out the best fill-in-the-blank treat. For every dessert sampled in Paris, Thomas can relate or compare to an item from NYC and you end up with a she said/she said tour of the patisseries and bakeries in both cities. I particularly enjoyed reading the stories of the New York start ups and the rich history of Paris shops. And while I found the personal bits stretched thin, the descriptions of sugary goodness are where her writing shines. Be sure to have something sweet nearby - you cannot help but crave a little somethin' while reading this one.
One element that is lost reading it on the Kindle is the handy reference list at the end of the book which details all the places to get the best you name it sweets (and maps too). That is info I like to see on paper, but that's what libraries are for, yes? And I recommend you find this book before you go to either place - it takes you a bit off the beaten path toward less obvious or touristy spots.
Amy Thomas' blog complete with mouth watering photos is http://www.godiloveparis.blogspot.com