David Lebovitz: one of France's most popular bloggers

David Lebovitz
David Lebovitz

After moving to Paris from California, David Lebovitz has become one of France’s most popular bloggers. He tells Jane Hanks how it all happened...

A man sits in a chambre de bonne apartment, overlooking the Paris skyline with the Tour Eiffel in his sight and taps into his computer. He has just finished cooking in his tiny kitchen with a temperamental oven, pans left to cool on the windowsill, and a work surface only just big enough for three bowls at a time.

He is David Lebovitz and he has just arrived from America where he had worked in restaurants from the age of 16 and ended up as a top pastry chef working in the prestigious Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

In his garret, he is creating one of the first and now one of the most famous and most followed food blogs across the globe.

Since those first recipes posted on line he has been able to move out of his garret existence and into an apartment with a real kitchen. He tells the story of the ups and downs of that move in his latest, witty book L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home.

How and why did you get involved in writing a blog?

I had just written my first cook book, Room for Dessert, and I thought it would be good to use this new medium, the internet, to communicate with readers.

I often think people find it frustrating when they try out a recipe, and so I wanted to be able to answer their questions. I wanted to make people happy cooking my recipes. Friends said I was wasting my time, as it was a new idea back in 1999.

It started as a website and later when technology changed, around the ...

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