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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris - Ann Mah
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... show more
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 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670025992 (0670025992)
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks rated it
2.0 Uneven memoir about food and the expat life
After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction memoir mostly focusing about her time in France while her...
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This book was so charming! And delish. I recommend reading this book with some snacks nearby, although nothing you eat will be as tasty as the dishes that Mah describes. This is the memoir of an American diplomat's wife, who ends up in Paris by herself for a year. And to make the best of a n...
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