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Meet David Lebovitz at Bay Area ‘My Paris Kitchen’ book signing events

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Big news or those of you who have been (vicariously) knocking around Paris with David Lebovitz -- on his blog or in his books -- for the past several years: he’s coming to town.

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Lebovitz will be in the San Francisco Bay area reading from his new book ‘My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories’ (Ten Speed Press, 2014) in a series of events and dinners beginning this weekend, May 3.

‘My Paris Kitchen’ is a Lebovitz-eye-view everything you love (or thought you’d love if you went there) about Paris, along with 100 of his favorite sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way contemporary Parisians eat now. It includes many of the classics that have always completely charmed you, and dozens of the new staples from around the world that are regulars in a modern Parisian kitchen. You tag along as he shares goofy, wry, down-to earth observations and revelations about the food, the ingredients, the person who shared a particular recipe, or the fillip that made it perfect -- which sometimes comes from a friend, sometimes from a chef, and sometimes from the guy who fixes the plumbing. Everyone has an opinion and feels free to speak up; it’s Paris.

You’re in his pocket at the Supermarché (ever-so-French but not-so-super), and when he visits the shops and the vendors in the outdoor market stalls (known by their temperament as well as their goods). With him you join the quest for a French farmhouse sink in France, and consider the divergent styles of French and American recipes. It’s funny and strange (to Americans) and illuminating and colossally, wonderfully, different from the United States -- which is pretty cool, because really, otherwise, why go?

And about the recipes in the book: this is food that people typically cook and eat at home, making the techniques and ingredients well within the reach of a typical home cook. The difference? When you cook from ‘My Paris Kitchen,’ the food comes out French.


May 3: Book signing and meet up, Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. FREE

May 3: Book signing at The Pasta Shop, Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Pasta Shop kitchen will be sampling recipes from the book including, Green Olive, Basil and Almond Tapenade; Beet Hummus; and Salted Butter Caramel-chocolate Mousse.

May 4: In conversation with Alice Medrich; book signing, Williams-Sonoma, Union Square, San Francisco. 3:00 p.m.

May 7: Dinner at Camino restaurant. Oakland CA. 6:00 p.m. to11:00 p.m. SOLD OUT

May 8: Dinner at Left Bank Restaurant (in partnership with Book Passage), Larkspur CA. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: single, $115, couple $175; includes signed book.

May 9: Book signing at Fog City News, 455 Market Street, San Francisco CA. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

May 10: Book signing at Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco CA. 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.