David Lebovitz is a professional cook, baker and author based in Paris. He started posted recipes online in 1999 and has been building a following for his blog for almost 20 years. Lebovitz has authored eight books from topics ranging from pastries to cooking.
Lebovitz was born in Connecticut and is a native of West Hartford. At the age of 16, he started to work at restaurants including washing dishes in a steakhouse at our local strip mall. He attended Ithaca College where he began cooked at a nearby vegetarian restaurant, Cabbagetown Cafe.
Lebovitz eventually ended up at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, working with Alice Waters and co-owner, Executive Pastry Chef Lindsey Shere. He would spend thirteen years at Chez Panisse in which Lebovitz describes as being very important to him and formative in his cooking career before leaving in 1999. Also, during his time San Francisco where he was a line cook at Zuni Café and was the pastry chef at several restaurants.
In 1999, Lebovitz launched his website davidlebovitz.com to coincide with the release of his first book, room for desert. He first intended the site to be a place to share recipes and stories. In the first half of the 2000's decade, around the time he moved to Paris, Lebovitz began to blog on a more frequent basis and developed a name for himself in the pastry world.
Lebovitz has gone on the write eight books. His first two books, the critically acclaimed Room for Dessert and Ripe for Dessert, are currently out of print. He later wrote The Great Book of Chocolate, The Perfect Scoop, The Sweet Life in Paris, Ready for Dessert, My Paris Kitchen, and L'appart.