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Chefs We Love: David Lebovitz

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Chefs We Love is a Valentine's Day tribute to those who have done great work in the culinary world -- to those who inspire us to not only eat well, but to try new things in our own kitchens. With this holiday around the corner, we at Kitchen Daily felt that it was appropriate to share our love and respect for those who have most inspired and influenced our passion for cooking. See more chefs we love.

If I need a solid chocolate cake recipe, I turn to David Lebovitz. When I decide to try my hand at homemade pistachio ice cream, I turn to David Lebovitz. When I want to dream about moving to Paris and starting a new life, I turn to David Lebovitz. He is good for more than just solid -- or shall we say amazing -- recipes, he is also a funny and smart writer, living as an ex-pat in Paris. He lives the sweet life (as his latest book is so perfectly titled.) And you know what? I kinda hate him for it. But mostly, I just love him.

I first came across Lebovitz when scouring the internet for an inspiring pear dessert recipe four years ago. Food blogs were just becoming big and they were completely new to me. I found his recipe for a French pear and almond tart on his blog and became instantly addicted. I read all his past posts. I became a regular visitor to his site -- disappointed if there wasn't a new entry to read.

I devoured his writing and his recipes alike. The best part about Lebovitz is that he is incredibly talented at both. You can count on him for a good cookie recipe and a good laugh. Lebovitz moved to Paris years ago after a long stint as a pastry chef at the famed Chez Panisse. (I mean, how can you not love him? He made cakes for Alice Waters!) His antics of learning to live in a new country are always humorous and his recipes -- which are sometimes inspired by French cuisine and other times nostalgic of his American roots -- never let you down.

They're all recipes that you can turn to in a pinch, and you can rest assured knowing that you have found a solid one that will provide you with successful results. Lebovitz's recipes are ones you can trust, and look forward to. To this day, I still make his French pear and almond tart, the very first recipe of his I ever tried.

Recipes we love:
French Pear & Almond Tart Recipe
Chocolate Idiot Cake
Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
Pistachio Gelato Recipe
Quick Coconut Ice Cream Recipe with Saffron

Books by David Lebovitz:
The Sweet Life in Paris
Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes
The Perfect Scoop
The Great Book of Chocolate
Room For Dessert

Who is your favorite chef? Leave a comment below!

WATCH: David Lebovitz Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies