Mastering the Art of French Eating

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

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The memoir of a young diplomat s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris one dish at a time
When journalist Ann Mah s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures a deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post alone. Suddenly, Ann s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light 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 life s truths.
Like Sarah Turnbull s "Almost French" and Julie Powell s "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 love of food, family, and France."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 141 x 221 x 25mm | 408g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0670025992
  • 9780670025992
  • 221,196

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"Whether you're French or Francophile, a long-time connoisseur of French food or someone who's just figuring out the difference between frites and frangipane, feasting through France with Ann Mah is a delicious adventure. Ann's writing is lovely, her curiosity boundless and her good taste assured. Spending time with her in "Mastering the Art of French Eating" is a treat."
--Dorie Greenspan, author of "Around My French Table" and owner of Beurre & Sel Cookies
"Ann Mah dishes up a welcoming concoction, a good dose of French history, a personal, vibrant, enthusiastic picture of life in a country she adores, without apology. I am hungry already!"
--Patricia Wells, author of "The Food Lover's Guide to Paris "and "Simply Truffles"
"Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book."
--Peter Mayle, author of "The Marseille Caper "and "A Year in Provence"
"A tour de force through French cuisine, Ann Mah crisscrossed France, learning about all my favorite foods--from buckwheat galettes to the secrets of authentic cassoulet. Her personal culinary tale will have you packing your bags. But if you can't make it to France, Ann offers delicious recipes, culled from experts!"
--David Lebovitz, author of "The Sweet Life in Paris"
"Ann Mah goes straight to the essential in this lively, mouth-watering book as she explores the foundations of French cuisine. She even goes where all before her have failed to tread--the wild country of andouillette--to tempt with her stories and her approachable recipes. Bravo!"
--Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of "On Rue Tatin"
"Like a bowl of homemade cassoulet, this book is warm to the touch. Ann Mah writes about her international experiences--and origins--with great sensitivity. She gives us a peek into French kitchens foodies will envy, and no Francophile could resist."
--Elizabeth Bard, author of "Lunch in Paris"
"From the peaks of the Frenc
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About Ann Mah

Ann Mah is a journalist and the author of "Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself." The wife of a U.S. diplomat, Mah currently splits her time between Paris and New York City, but she loves eating everywhere. Visit
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