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

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

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 deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post?alone. Sud The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time ...

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Title:Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
Author:Ann Mah
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

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

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 06, 2013
    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...
  • Gillian
    Jul 29, 2013
    It seems a little indolent to read a book about the pleasures of food in France from underneath an umbrella beside the Mediterranean, but alas. I loved every word of this book from the loneliness & worry as the author missed her husband who was far from Paris in Iraq to the sun...
  • Ginger
    Feb 25, 2016
    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...
  • Doreen
    Sep 09, 2013
    Ann Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of steak frites ...
  • Claire
    Aug 20, 2013
    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!! ...
  • Joy
    Oct 02, 2013
    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...
  • Yi-Hsuan
    Feb 19, 2019
    One-starring this even though I didn't finish. To be honest, I couldn't get past even the first few chapters. This is not a book to follow Eric Ripert's memoir, so, silly me. It's so sappy already... stop talking about your amazing husband named "Calvin" and how you guys moved to Paris...
  • serena
    Aug 28, 2013
    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...
  • Maurynne  Maxwell
    Sep 16, 2013
    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...
  • Adele
    Aug 01, 2013
    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...
  • Sharon Redfern
    Sep 26, 2013
    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...
  • Marisa
    Dec 13, 2013
    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...
  • Theobaldino
    Oct 28, 2013
    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...
  • PorshaJo
    Mar 03, 2019
    Rating 2.5 Hmmm....I'll just say the title is misleading. I wanted to hear all about French food and just drool over the recipes. I wanted French bakeries, bread, and hear all the specific details of what the author ate. Instead it was more about the author moving to Paris with her ...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Feb 09, 2014
    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...
  • Hilary Reyl
    Sep 23, 2013
    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 diffe...
  • MaryJane Brodeck
    Jul 22, 2013
    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 wi...
  • Dana
    Mar 04, 2019
    2.5 stars Mastering the Art of French Eating was more about the author?s life with her husband than ?French Eating?. I listened to most of this while lying in bed with the flu, hoping for some good comfort food, but it was lacking in comfort and coziness and left me feeling un...
  • Jacqueline
    Oct 26, 2013
    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 fe...
  • Doris
    Mar 07, 2019
    When the author stayed on the purported subject of French Eating, I enjoyed it. Alas, all too much of it was the author whining about how much she missed her husband and what a martyr she was to his career. If that marriage isn't already over, I'm amazed. ...
  • Lesley
    Jul 30, 2013
    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 opi...
  • Donna
    Aug 15, 2015
    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...
  • Marita
    Sep 02, 2013
    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 Fr...
  • Meagan
    Jan 07, 2018
    Enjoyable read Quite a good book. I?ll admit I skimmed at times, but I enjoyed reading Mah?s story about her time in Paris. I especially enjoyed the Julia Child tie-ins, apartment hunting, and American Thanksgiving. I can?t say I?ll try many of the recipes, but that?s just...
  • Kristin Espinasse
    Jun 05, 2013
    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...
  • LillyBooks
    Mar 04, 2014
    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...
  • Sara
    Feb 07, 2014
    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 her...
  • Keli
    Nov 12, 2018
    This book is for any lovers of France or French food...Mah's writing is so beautiful, and I learned so much about the history of the country through its food. I'm also hungry now. ...
  • Renee
    Jan 08, 2019
    Each chapter ends with a recipe. A couple I may attempt. Her travels around France, history of the foods/recipes, people she meets and learns from leaves me wanting to jump on a plane and head to France ASAP. Not only is the book enjoyable to read but I am learning some history of Fren...
  • Allison6876
    Aug 29, 2013
    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...