Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mastering The Art Of French Eating

Mastering The Art Of French Eating

Lessons In Food And Love From A Year In Paris

By Ann Mah

Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, September 2013

Ann Mah was looking forward to her version of Heaven - spending several years living in France with her husband, a diplomat who had been assigned to Paris. Things did not turn out quite as she and her husband Calvin had hoped; he was temporarily re-assigned to the Middle East, and she was left alone in Paris for a year.....

She found herself a job, practiced her French and her cooking, and slowly began to make friends and expand her social circle to fill both  her time and loneliness without her husband.

 Passionate about food, she began to explore French cuisine with dogged tenacity, travelling, researching and tasting extensively, gathering recipes and recreating signature dishes from different regions of France. Each chapter covers a region, and recipes are given for the  reader who wishes to sample truly authentic dishes such as Fondue, Beef Borguignon, Steak Frites, Crepes, Andouillete, Salade Lyonnaise, Soupe au Pistou, Cassoulet, Choucroute and Aligot.

She meets some fascinating people on her journeys and her love for her husband and for the food, history and people of France shines through on every single immensely readable page of this very enjoyable book.

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