Pancakes in Paris

Pancakes in Paris

Living the American Dream in France

Book - 2016
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"The heartwarming story of how one hungry American with a hankering for pancakes founded the first American-style diner in Paris"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781492632122
Characteristics: xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Pancakes in Paris


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Apr 05, 2020

If I ever make it back to Paris, I’m going to eat at this restaurant. As of March 2020, there are two restaurants in Paris. I enjoy food memoirs, and this one about a restaurant started in a city known for its food by a person who’s never run a restaurant is great. He relates some funny stories as he dealt with the French bureaucracy. I cheered for this guy who had a miserable childhood and dealt with so many hurtles and yet got his diner started in Paris.

ArapahoeKati Jun 14, 2017

If you like food, a bit of humor, and all things French and American, this will feel like sitting down for your favorite breakfast--a real comfort read. I loved this memoir.

Aug 30, 2016

A sweet, well-written, good-natured, lovely memoir about a love affair with food and Paris, and about going after your dreams. This is a tale of the trials and tribulations of Carlson's dream of opening a diner in the city of love.

This was wonderfully engaging; it made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me want to go back to Paris, it made me want to eat large quantities of pancakes. Craig is an endearing writer and character - it's clear he had his rough times, in his childhood and also in Paris, but he chooses to gloss over those and focus on the absurd, and his achievements, instead. From how hard it is to get a loan in France, to the wine and beer Mafia, to electricians who show up sporadically, to not being able to find proper bacon.... Craig describes all of his ups and downs while attempting to fulfil his dream.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this memoir, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!


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