Mastering the Art of French Eating


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.

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Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Lights is turned upside down. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must discover 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 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. Mastering the Art of French Eating is a tale interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples, and, somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths, about love — of food, family, and France.

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