David Lebovitz started his career as a professional chef and baker, logging thirteen years at Chez Panisse, until he left the restaurant biz in 1999 to write books. We’re so glad he did because he’s penned some of our favorite cookbooks: My Paris Kitchen, The Perfect Scoop, Ready for Dessert, The Great Book of Chocolate, and a memoir called The Sweet Life in Paris. After he moved to Paris in 2004, his blog davidlebovitz.com captured some of the funny Francophile things that occurred to the ex-Pat chef. In his most recent book, L’Appart, Lebovitz chronicles the project of updating his apartment in Paris and dealing with inexplicable amounts of red tape while contending with the inconsistent European work ethic and hours. It’s a hysterical story, but one with heart, that examines carving out a place for yourself in a foreign country.