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The New Expatriates
Paris was the place to be for American writers in the 1920s. It’s still a good place for writers, especially if they can cook.
Two of my favorite bloggers are Americans living in Paris — Dorie Greenspan and David Lebowitz — both recipe developers and cookbook authors. Their new books landed on my Best of 2010 list.
Dorie Greenspan has divided her time between the US and France for many years. At doriegreenspan.com, she offers recipes and glimpses of life in Paris. One of my favorite Dorie books is Paris Sweets which came after she sweet-talked some of Paris’ best pastry chefs into giving away their recipes. Her latest book Around My French Table is not so much a documentation of restaurant recipes as it is a revelation of the everyday meals she prepares at home.
Greenspan’s books are so popular they’ve garnered thousands of followers who cook along and blog: Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays.
The other expatriate kitchen I visit is by David Lebovitz. He’s written several dessert cookbooks, including one devoted to ice cream, The Perfect Scoop. As Lebovitz lives the sweet life in Paris, he blogs about recipes, restaurants, and travels, while offering sharp witted commentary on the idiosyncrasies of Parisian life. His latest publication Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes is a greatest hits compilation from earlier books.
Around My French Table