When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen. In the midst of it all, he reveals the adventure that accompanies carving out a place for yourself in a foreign country—under baffling conditions—while never losing sight of the magic that inspired him to move to the City of Light many years ago, and to truly make his home there.
L'Appart was a well written and interesting book that taught me a lot about Paris from multiple perspectives. My sister has always wanted to live there as a dream and this book proved very useful to her as well in educating her about the realities of actually living in Paris. I liked how it included both the good and the bad.