Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris / Ann Mah.

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      Large print edition.
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      Summary: When journalist Ann Mah's diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Mah is overjoyed and begins plotting gastronomic adventures deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post -- alone. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Mah reinvents her dream of living in France, one dish at a time. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life's truths.
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      9781410464156 (hardcover : largeprint)
      1410464156 (hardcover : largeprint)
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Booklist Reviews 2013 August #1

Mah gladly dons rose-colored glasses in this gastronomic travelogue of regional French cuisine. She revels in the essence of summer captured in Provence's fresh and creamy soupe au pistou; the gooey decadence of Savoie's fondue; and the buttery, toothsome chew of Brittany's buckwheat crepes, attempting to distract herself with the history of classic French dishes after her diplomat husband is called away from their new post in Paris for a yearlong assignment in Iraq. Another diplomat's wife, Julia Child, is invoked throughout the book for guidance in French cuisine and in dealing with the unsettling feeling of playing second fiddle to a spouse whose job requires regular moves about the globe. The real joy of this book, though, is in Mah's mouthwatering, bite-by-bite descriptions of the plates set before her in Parisian cafés, country homes, and hole-in-the-wall foodie hideaways. Francophiles will delight in the smattering of French words and phrases sprinkled throughout every page, and serious cooks may endeavor to follow the lengthy recipes for a signature regional dish included at the end of each chapter. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 August #1

When writer and lifelong Francophile Mah (Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself) learned her diplomat husband had been assigned to Paris, she envisioned three years of bliss in the City of Love—until her spouse was sent to Iraq for a year on an unaccompanied posting, leaving her in France alone. Here, she chronicles her year of solitude, framing her personal journey through her experiences with French food and culture. Each of the ten chapters focuses on the signature dish of a particular city or region—steak frites for Paris, for example, and choucroute (sauerkraut) for Alsace—and concludes with a recipe. The author's investigations into the importance of each dish to the people she meets are beautifully woven together with her reflections on culture, identity, love, and marriage, resulting in an enjoyable and thoughtful read that sparkles with humor. VERDICT This honest, funny, and eloquent memoir is sure to delight lovers of France, food, or travel. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/13.]—Courtney Greene, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington

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