Mastering the Art of French Eating

Mastering the Art of French Eating

Lessons in Food and Love From A Year in Paris

Large Print - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2013]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410464156
1410464156
Branch Call Number: 641.5944 M2772M 2013
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 23 cm

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 07, 2018

This might be a good book to read if you are planning to visit France. The author explores the regions of France and their signature dishes. I found the frequent use of undefined French phrases to be pretentious and arrogant. The author admits she's not that fluent in French.

Meanwhile, she elegantly translates words from surrounding countries which have been blended into French dialect.

Her description of the food she ate didn't inspire me to say "yum!" She'd never get hired by the Food Network!

Her description of her experiences and relationships similarly lacked luster.

In essence, the publisher's comparison to works of Julia Child and Julie and Julia are quite a stretch. This book doesn't have much sparkle or sizzle.

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cularien
Jan 09, 2018

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 me. Nice that she included so many, and who knows, maybe one day I will!

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greenacres
Feb 14, 2015

I'd love to re-invent my life in Paris and take a 3 year assignment!! Any offers?

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imgrimey
Mar 19, 2014

Too much emphasis on her emotional state(s) to take this book seriously as a food and travel book as intended.
Would make a good 'chick-flick'.

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marydave
Jan 05, 2014

Autobiography, France, and French food - a balanced blending of three of my favorites! The author generously shares her struggles as well as her accomplishments, inviting us to draw life lessons for ourselves. A single recipe wraps up each chapter succinctly.

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