Mastering the Art of French Eating - Ann Mah

Mastering the Art of French Eating

By Ann Mah

  • Release Date: 2013-09-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings


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 à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.

So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find 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 the 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. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths.

Like Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French and Julie Powell’s New York Times bestseller Julie and Julia, Mastering the Art of French Eating is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about love—of food, family, and France.


  • A Great Read

    By See Two
    I just returned from a trip to Paris and started reading this on my iPad on the flight home. It is a beautifully written impossible to put down book! I am going to start rereading it immediately! Ann Mah has brought Paris and its unforgettable food to life. I will try many of the recipes and remember my recent trip there with every bite.