Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson (3-½ Stars)


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Carson’s memoir is an enjoyable recount of his realizing his dream, opening the diner Breakfast in America in Paris. His shares his journey from dysfunctional childhood; through his college years; and funding, opening and running the diner while finding true love along the way.  Carlson is a likable fellow with a strong work ethic and such an indomitable spirit, you really can’t believe that failure is an option.

This is definitely a feel-good story to be read when you need a little lift in your spirits. There is some humor sprinkled throughout, and I think someone lacking that quality would not have succeeded in this venture. Carlson decides to print the menu with his bottomless cup of American joe as described by the French, de chaussettes, or sock juice. Then there is the complete insanity of French labor laws that would have left my head spinning. There is a crazy set of characters, which would make this an excellent candidate for a movie.

Warning, though, pancakes are mentioned so often, you won’t be able to get them out of your mind!



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