Author Craig Carlson On A 17-Stop U.S. Diner & Bookstore Tour for Memoir, "Pancakes in Par

But now, Craig Carlson, American ex-pat author returns the favor in a frothier, flavorful memoir, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France. Carlson will visit more than a dozen diners & bookstores for events in September.
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MANHATTAN, N.Y. - Sept. 20, 2016 - PRLog -- So as French Culinary titans like Daniel Boulud, Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse invaded our shores this millennium with Michelin-sized reputations, Carlson's counterattack began 13 years ago when he packed a suitcase full of mugs and left Los Angeles – to open an American-style diner in Paris. After overcoming a myriad of cultural, culinary, bureaucratic and political hurdles, Carlson now runs three successful diners in the heart of the city that attract the local Parisian populace as well as American A-Listers who yearn for something smothered with a generous helping of Vermont maple syrup.

         Carlson can visit your studios for an interview to address those hungry for answers to the following:

• How more than two dozen Hollywood directors, writers and animators were coaxed into becoming angel investors for America's most important invasion of France since D-Day.
• How a prospective owner of a small business in France dealt with"Kafka-esque bureaucracy" and "hair-pulling restrictive labor laws" on a regulatory scale  that would have Bernie Sanders howling for capitalist mercy
• How the band Supertramp almost ruined his attempt at naming his diner Breakfast in America
• How the Bagel learned to co-exist with the baguette and how can you even get a doughy fat bagel when the legendary "dirty" water of New York does not flow through the Seine
• How the heck you can even find suppliers for "exotic" ingredients like bacon, Cheddar cheese, and maple syrup
• How he overcame the clash of culture and cuisine by introducing Parisians to pancakes, burgers, root beer floats and bottomless cups of coffee (which they dubbed "sock juice")
• How an American who is French by marriage feels about owning high-profile eateries in a city that has been beset by tragic extremist terrorist attacks.
• How Craig found his "true self" in France (i.e. figured out he was gay) and ended up falling in love with a French guy who did NOT like American cuisine.
• How the international media lavished attention on his diner during the 2012 U.S. presidential election by letting diners "vote" by ordering either the Obama burger or Romney omelet blue plate special and what breakfast platter will be the apotheosis for our current candidates. Can the French even digest the Donald?

Early reviews have praised Carlson's tenacity and the inspiring nature of his story.

"The author demonstrates that no idea is too crazy if one has the determination to pursue it to its fruition. A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business." – Kirkus Reviews

"[A] sweet and entertaining memoir details how a former Hollywood screenwriter opens an American diner in Paris and lives happily after…Carlson's narrative is an inspirational, tasty trip through one man's delightful and hard-won success." – Publishers Weekly

Please contact me if you are interested in setting up a pre-interview with Craig Carlson.


Pancakes in Paris Diner and Bookstore Tour

• Vroman's with Marston's (8/30) – Pasadena, CA
• Chaucer's (8/31) – Santa Barbara, CA
• Collected Works Bookstore (9/1) – Santa Fe, NM
• Barnes & Noble (9/6) Santa Monica, CA
• Fred 62 Diner with Skylight Books (9/7) – Los Angeles, CA
• Old Capitol Books (9/8) – Monterey, CA
• Book Passage (9/9) – Corte Madera, CA
• Copperfield's with Sax's Joint (9/11)-Petaluma, CA
• Books Inc. (9/12)-Palo Alto, CA
• Third Place Books (9/15)-Seattle, WA
• Vancouver Alliance Francaise (9/16)-Vancouver, BC
• Laguna Beach Books (9/18) Laguna Beach, CA
• USC Bookstore (9/20) – Los Angeles, CA
• Dizzy's Diner with Greenlight Books (9/23)-Brooklyn, NY
• Canio's Books (9/24)-Sag Harbor, NY
• Barnes & Noble (9/25)- Enfield, CT
• Shakespeare & Co. (9/26)-New York, NY

About the Author: Craig Carlson is the founder and owner of Breakfast in America, which now boasts three American diner locations in Paris. Originally from Connecticut, Carlson first visited France as a student and, like many before him, instantly fell in love with the country. It was in Paris that he developed his love for film and decided to make a career of it. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a master's in film production, Carlson worked as a screenwriter and short filmmaker before landing a job with a TV show in Paris.

It was during this time that Carlson became convinced that the time was right to introduce the French to the joys of the American breakfast. Breakfast in America first opened its doors on January 4, 2003, during one of the heaviest snowfalls in Paris in years (it was taken as a good sign). Carlson and his husband split their time between Paris and Los Angeles. For more information, visit or  This book is a Indie Next Pick (

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