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Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man's Personal Revolution in the City of Light

Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man's Personal Revolution in the City of Light

by Craig Carlson


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A second helping of tales on the joys and challenges of working, eating, and loving in France from the New York Times bestselling author of Pancakes in Paris.

Craig Carlson set out to do the impossible: open the first American diner in Paris. Despite never having owned his own business before—let alone a restaurant, the riskiest business of all—Craig chose to open his diner in a foreign country, with a foreign language that also happens to be the culinary capital of the world. While facing enormous obstacles, whether its finding cooks who can navigate the impossibly petite kitchen (and create delicious roast Turkey for their Thanksgiving Special to boot), finding “exotic” ingredients like bacon, breakfast sausage, and bagels, and dealing with constant strikes, demonstrations, and Kafkaesque French bureaucracy, Craig and his diner, Breakfast in America, went on to be a great success—especially with the French.

By turns hilarious and provocative, Craig takes us hunting for snails with his French mother-in-law and invites us to share the table when he treats his elegant nonagrian neighbor to her first-ever cheeseburger. We encounter a customer at his diner who, as a self-proclaimed anarchist, tries to stiff his bill, saying it’s his right to “dine and dash.” We navigate Draconian labor laws where bad employees can’t be fired (even for theft) and battle antiquated French bureaucracy dating back to Napoleon.

When Craig finds love, he and his debonair French cheri find themselves battling the most unlikely of foes—the notorious Pigeon Man—for their sanity, never mind peace and romance, in their little corner of Paris. For all those who love stories of adventure, delicious food, and over-coming the odds, Let Them Eat Pancakes will satisfy your appetite and leave you wanting even more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643134406
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 717,765
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson first came to France as an exchange student in 1985 and instantly fell in love with the country. He never could have imagined that some thirty-five years later he’d be the owner of two American diners in Paris and be nicknamed “Le Pancake Kid” by the French. With a background in journalism, Craig studied cinema at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, using his experience as a screenwriter to pen his debut memoir, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France. Craig and his husband Julien currently split their time between Paris and Los Angeles. Well, at least they try to. With two busy diners that can’t be left alone for too long, their lives lean heavily on the Paris side, which, of course, is not such a bad thing, n’est-ce pas?

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Part 1 Living in France 1

1 The Cobblestone 3

2 From Frenchtown to France 13

3 Le Gift du Gab 26

4 The Pigeon Man of Paris 36

Part 2 Working in France 71

5 A Star Is Stuck 73

6 Follow That Customer! 86

7 Flâneur O'Connor 96

8 The Trial Period 111

Part 3 Eating in France 133

9 The Silver Tower 135

10 Madame Hubert Eats a Burger 150

11 Turkey Day at BIA 161

12 Supertramping 176

Part 4 Loving in France 193

13 Love Is Not a Lock 195

14 Operation Escargot 210

15 Wedding Day Bleus 227

16 From France to Frenchtown 240

Acknowledgments 249

About the Author 250

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