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  • Mastering the Art of French Eating

  • Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
  • By: Ann Mah
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

By: Ann Mah
Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
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Publisher's summary

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 best seller 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.

©2013 Ann Mah (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Mastering the Art of French Eating makes you want to be in Paris as [Mah] describes the delight of crusty baguettes spread with butter and jam, surprise glimpses of Notre Dame caught from the bus, nursing a glass of red wine in a cafe that has mirrored columns and a zinc bar...the book has appealing honesty and vulnerability, overlaid as it is with the pain of her husband's absence. It will also make you very hungry." (Wall Street Journal)

"Mah admirably fits her research into easily digested bites, the reader’s enthusiasm mirroring her own." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A well-written entrée into French dining." (The Daily Beast)