Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Ann Mah
- Publish Date: 2014-10-28
The memoir of a young diplomatâs wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Parisâone dish at a time
When journalist Ann Mahâs diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures Ã deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long postâalone. Suddenly, Annâs 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.Â 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 lifeâs truths.
Like Sarah Turnbullâs Almost French and Julie Powellâs 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 loveâof food, family, and France.