Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France by: Craig Carlson

Pancakes in Paris

Release date: September 6, 2016

Synopsis from Paris was practically perfect…

Craig Carlson was the last person anyone would expect to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn’t know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams, although one thing was still missing-the good ol’ American breakfast he loved so much.

Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible-from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for “exotic” American ingredients… and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast In America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:  As a self proclaimed foodie and a lover of books, it is only natural for me to gravitate towards books about cooking and food.  This bright yellow cover caught my eye as did the title.  Craig Carlson spent his young adult life in and out of careers and school.  He had the good fortune of learning French and taking part in the French club in college.  With this club, he was able to travel to France and study abroad.  He, like many others, fell in love with the country.

When he came back to the States, he could not get France out of his mind.  He did realize however, that while he was there, there was one thing he missed terribly…a good American Breakfast!  This was the beginning of a plan for him to return to his beloved France and live there for good.

This was wonderfully written and perfectly executed.  It could’ve have been a book in which the details of the business venture of boring but Craig sis an amazing job in describing what happened.  This book transports you to France and brings you through the process of establishing a business that no one had thought of before.

I gave this book 4 crowns.



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