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Summary

Paris was practically perfect - although for Craig Carlson one thing was still missing: the good ol' American breakfast he loved so much.

Craig was the last person anyone would have expected 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.

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.

©2016 Craig Carlson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Donald Corren's engaging performance highlights Carlson's roller-coaster experience.... While most of the accents and pronunciations are spot-on and capture the nuances of the French people in the book, some deliberately imperfect pronunciations add an authentic flavor of an American trying to fit in. Ever entertaining are Corren's perfectly delivered comments on the sometimes passionate, sometimes laissez-faire Gallic responses to the various situations that make Carlson's journey both difficult and rewarding." ( AudioFile)

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A little taste of France

I really enjoyed this true story . It was well narrated and an enjoyable listen. However if anyone was thinking about setting up a business in France may think twice after hearing everything that the author went through. A real American dream story set in France.

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Great motivation

Really enjoyed this book and it encourages you to reach out for your dream o

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  • Sarah
  • 04-01-19

A beautful and fun book about Paris Life.

Craig tells such a fun and engaging story of his life, moving to Paris, and the tribulations of owning a business there. I have listened to the book at least 6 times with my husband, and we had a chance to dine at BIA our last 2 visits to Paris. Stop by and meet Craig!
Get the book, you will love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-17

Loved this book!

This book was recommended by a person I met briefly at a meeting in Paris near Bread and Roses. As soon as I returned to the states, I downloaded it and it was like being in Paris again! Well, almost. A must read for anyone considering starting a business in Paris! Thank you for the wonderful storytelling!

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  • K. Lawrence
  • 27-03-17

a delightful story of love and Paris

Craig weaves a beautiful true story of his life in Paris. If you are a foodie or a Francophile, you will love this book! Just get it already.

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  • ruth fruehauf
  • 01-11-20

Unexpectedly good!

I love to listen to books on food and this one popped up while I was searching for others. Since I lived in France for 5+ years and love pancakes I thought...well why not? After a predictable intro and beginning I Was worried but kept listening and quickly I was captured but the marvelous story of
The authors experience. Really well told, funny and poignant! I very much enjoyed it! Thank you!

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  • T. Paulauskas
  • 26-10-20

Diner Pancakes

Charming story, whose tales of French laws regarding business operations are sure to discourage an entrepreneur from a business there. Great narration. Hard book to put down.

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  • dawesg
  • 19-10-20

Fun listen!

You can picture yourself right there with Craig following the dream, the joys, the countless frustrations & endless challenged and finally the incredible successes!

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  • 24-10-17

I want to go....

BIA, and Paris.
The then child, listened to the coincidences of the universe when the whispers of FRENCH influences and the many lures of PARIS fluttered throughout his life.
And then, a plan, hard work determination and a bit a serendipity, faith and fate . . . all paid off.

cute, funny and most of all inspirational.
I most enjoy successes of a dream.

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  • ELKing
  • 24-06-21

I LOVED this book!

This was the first book that ever made me cry. As an American expat, I found myself cheering for Craig's victories and wanting to move to Paris and help him run the restaurants "American" style. Really great read.

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  • Lihuan Denofsky
  • 18-06-21

Funny, sincere, well written and well performed.

I really enjoyed Craig’s personal story. I will definitely look for BIA when I visit Paris in a couple weeks.

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  • A.W.Reader
  • 30-05-21

Charming and fun

In anticipation of a possibly one-way trip to France, this was enlightening and informative.

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