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 à 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.
About the Author
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.
""Mastering the Art of French Eating" makes you want to be in Paris as [Mah] describes the delight of crusty baguettes spread with butter and jam, surprise glimpses of Notre Dame caught from the bus, nursing a glass of red wine in a cafe that has mirrored columns and a zinc bar. . . . the book has appealing honesty and vulnerability, overlaid as it is with the pain of her husband's absence. It will also make you very hungry." --"Wall Street Journal" "Mah admirably fits her research into easily digested bites, the reader's enthusiasm mirroring her own." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A well-written entree into French dining." --The Daily Beast "Consistently passionate and emotionally resonant, Mah's prose brims with true love . . . A bighearted, multisensory tour of France." --"Kirkus" "The author's investigations into the importance of each dish to the people she meets are beautifully woven together with her reflections on culture, identity, love, and marriage, resulting in an enjoyable and thoughtful read that sparkles with humor. . . . This honest, funny, and eloquent memoir is sure to delight lovers of France, food, or travel." --"Library Journal" "The real joy of this book . . . is in Mah's mouthwatering, bite-by-bite descriptions of the plates set before her in Parisian cafes, country homes, and hole-in-the-wall foodie hideaways. Francophiles will delight in the smattering of French words and phrases sprinkled throughout every page, and serious cooks may endeavor to follow the lengthy recipes for a signature regional dish included at the end of each chapter." --"Booklist" "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 h
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd January 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1