Ann Mah

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

book | Non-Fiction | 2013
US & Canada → Viking (Ed. Pamela Dorman)
From Paris bistros to farmhouse kitchens, lessons in food and love

Mastering the Art of French Eating reflects Ann Mah's quest through France to discover the country’s best known regional dishes. Each chapter will focus on the history of a different place and its signature dish — for example, crêpes from Brittany, choucroute from Alsace, or boeuf Bourguignon from Burgundy.

Tying the book together will be Ann's experiences as a diplomat’s wife living in France. It’s a story about forging an identity through food. About the solitary year the author spent in Paris while her husband was in Iraq. About striving to eat the French way — not just to fuel the body, but also to nourish the soul. Above all, it’s the story of a young woman learning to build a balanced life of love and work — dish by dish.


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Mastering the Art of French Eating

She deliciously captures her experiences in a new memoir. It's a blend of food, travel and gastronomic history written as she embarked on a reinvented vision of Paris.
Orange County Register
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Mastering the Art of French Eating makes you want to be in Paris as she 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. Moira Hodgson
The Wall Street Journal

Consistently passionate and emotionally resonant, Mah’s prose brims with true love—not only for her adventures in and around the fragrant Parisian marketplaces, but also for daily life sharing delectable food with her husband and rediscovering herself during his lengthy absences. A bighearted, multisensory tour of France
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Ann Mah is such an endearing writer about food and places…she joins Elizabeth David in being a joy and an instruction to read. Diane Johnson

This honest, funny, and eloquent memoir is sure to delight lovers of France, food, or travel Courtney Greene
Library Journal
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A tour de force through French cuisine, Ann Mah crisscrossed France, learning about all my favorite foods—from buckwheat galettes to the secrets of authentic cassoulet. Her personal culinary tale will have you packing your bags. But if you can’t make it to France, Ann offers delicious recipes, culled from experts! David Lebovitz
author of The Sweet Life in Paris

Ann Mah goes straight to the essential in this lively, mouth-watering book as she explores the foundations of French cuisine. She even goes where all before her have failed to tread—the wild country of andouillette—to tempt with her stories and her approachable recipes. Bravo! Susan Herrmann Loomis
author of On Rue Tatin

Like a bowl of homemade cassoulet, this book is warm to the touch. Ann Mah writes about her international experiences—and origins—with great sensitivity. She gives us a peek into French kitchens foodies will envy, and no Francophile could resist. Elizabeth Bard
author of Lunch in Paris

From the peaks of the French Alps to Brittany’s buckwheat fields, Lyon’s bouchons to Burgundy’s wineries, Ann takes us all over France in pursuit of its culinary traditions. But at the heart of her story is Paris—and all the love, wistfulness and deliciousness found there. Amy Thomas
author of Paris, My Sweet

Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book. Peter Mayle
author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence

Whether you’re French or Francophile, a long-time connoisseur of French food or someone who’s just figuring out the difference between frites and frangipane, feasting through France with Ann Mah is a delicious adventure. Ann’s writing is lovely, her curiosity boundless and her good taste assured. Spending time with her in Mastering is a treat. Dorie Greenspan
author of Around My French Table and owner of Beurre & Sel Cookies

Ann Mah dishes up a welcoming concoction, a good dose of French history, a personal, vibrant, enthusiastic picture of life in a country she adores, without apology. I am hungry already! Patricia Wells, author of The Food Lover's Guide to Paris

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