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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris

The memoir of a young diplomats wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Parisone dish at a time"Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book."Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in ProvenceWhen journalist Ann Mahs diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long postalone. Suddenly, Anns vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Lights is turned upside down.So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of lifes truths.Like Sarah Turnbulls Almost French and Julie Powells New York Times bestseller Julie and Julia, Mastering the Art of French Eating is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about loveof food, family, and France....

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ISBN : 9780670025992
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages
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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris Reviews

  • Jacqueline

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn’t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy feet (again) for this lovely country we live in, but where to head first? Alsace for Choucroute, Brittany for Crêpes, Castelnaudary for Cassoulet, or Provence for Soupe au Pistou are just some of the choices Ann gives ...more

  • Hilary Reyl

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a different region of France, detailing Ann's personal discovery of that food and then taking you to its region of origin. The depth of flavor is captivating! I don't want to give too much of Ann's own story away, but wil ...more

  • MaryJane Brodeck

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week.

    Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wife who experiences the foods of France. Along the way, she makes some interesting discoveries about herself, as she is traveling alone, while her husband is on assignment in the Middle East.

    Throughout the book, Mah inc
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  • Claire

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!!

  • Marita

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of French culture.

  • Terri

    Ann Mah hasn't been married very long before her dream of living in Paris comes true due to her husband's diplomat job. And then it turns a little sour when her husband, Calvin, has to be in Baghdad- a very important, prestigious appointment- for a year with intermittent trips back to Paris to see Ann.

    Ann was hoping to get a plum job as a writer, an editor, something, because she quit her editorial job in New York City to accompany her husband to Paris, for Pete's sake! And Ann does whine a fair
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  • Sara

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food heritage / food specialty and sharing recipe ideas.

    Sadly, after those first chapters, she really gets into talking about herself and how hard life is for her for the year that her husband has to travel for work (even
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  • Lesley

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

    Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opinion, was very interesting. Mah also chronicles her time in Paris, focusing on getting used to the city, being an expat, and being alone (her husband ends up being dispatched to the Middle East for a year).

    Overall, th
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