MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING: LESSONS IN FOOD AND LOVE FROM A YEAR IN PARIS
Author: Ann Mah
Publisher: Pamela Doman Books, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction food and travel
Guest Blogger: Susan Carter
Ann Mah is a journalist and lifelong foodie; a Francophile who was raised in Southern California, graduated from UCLA & married a member of the US diplomatic corp. When he receives an assignment in Paris, she feels like her dreams have come true and plans the wonderful time they will spend eating and delighting in all that the City of Light has to offer. Shortly after their arrival in Paris, her husband is called away to Iraq for a year and she finds herself alone in a new city.
Loneliness begins to overcome her so she develops a new plan, which centers around her love of food. She decides to delve into the signature dishes of the various regions of France, traveling, interviewing and discovering the history behind some of the country’s best- loved dishes.
Lucky for us, she put her year into a book so we get to travel with her, meet a variety of French women & men and (almost) taste the dishes she researches. She includes an authentic recipe for each of the dishes and has made the instructions easy enough for a novice cook.
Ann’s style of writing is that of sitting at a table talking with a friend and it’s hard to think of her as anything else by the time you finish. She learns and shares a lot about herself, life, the French and food during her year on her own. Her food descriptions will make you hungry (except, possibly for the andouillette) and anxious to travel to France to experience the food first hand and relive some of the history.
The book is very easy reading and highly recommended for any foodie or Francophile as it’s truly a delicious French adventure.
From Paulette: Thanks to Guest Blogger Susan Carter for sharing this interesting and informative review of a book I’d like to read. Wouldn’t you?