Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris

The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time "Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book." ?Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence When journalist Ann Mah?s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a t...

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Title:Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
Author:Ann Mah
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:0670025992
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 06, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

  • Carol Dumas
    Aug 23, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

    I devoured this book, like a piece of artisan goat cheese, a slice of cepes sausage bought at a market in Mausanne... every chapter brought me back to Paris and Provence, and inspired me to take a gastronomic tour of France. The author, like me, has been obsessed with all things Fre...

  • Bookworm
    Nov 13, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

  • Tonya
    Oct 01, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

    I devoured this book, like a piece of artisan goat cheese, a slice of cepes sausage bought at a market in Mausanne... every chapter brought me back to Paris and Provence, and inspired me to take a gastronomic tour of France. The author, like me, has been obsessed with all things Fre...

    The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time "Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book." ?Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence When journ...

  • Ginger
    Feb 25, 2016

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

  • Ryan Moore
    Mar 05, 2018

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

  • Doreen
    Sep 09, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

  • Claire
    Aug 20, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

  • Joy
    Oct 02, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

  • serena
    Aug 28, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

  • Maurynne  Maxwell
    Sep 16, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

  • Liza Wiemer
    Oct 05, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

    I devoured this book, like a piece of artisan goat cheese, a slice of cepes sausage bought at a market in Mausanne... every chapter brought me back to Paris and Provence, and inspired me to take a gastronomic tour of France. The author, like me, has been obsessed with all things Fre...

    The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time "Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book." ?Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence When journ...

    From page one, Ann Mah transported me to Paris! I savored each tasty page, identified with her frustrations over cultural differences, and travelled along side her as she journeyed throughout France, searching for the best cuisine. I found myself drifting into memories of Paris and ...

  • Adele
    Aug 01, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

  • Sharon Redfern
    Sep 26, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

  • Marisa
    Dec 13, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

  • Theobaldino
    Oct 28, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

  • Leigh Kramer
    Feb 09, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

  • Hilary Reyl
    Sep 23, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

  • MaryJane Brodeck
    Jul 22, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

  • Jacqueline
    Oct 26, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

  • Lesley
    Jul 30, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

  • Donna
    Aug 15, 2015

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

  • Marita
    Sep 02, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

  • Meagan
    Jan 07, 2018

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

  • Kristin Espinasse
    Jun 05, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

  • LillyBooks
    Mar 04, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

  • Sara
    Feb 07, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

  • Donna Bixby
    Jan 02, 2017

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

    I devoured this book, like a piece of artisan goat cheese, a slice of cepes sausage bought at a market in Mausanne... every chapter brought me back to Paris and Provence, and inspired me to take a gastronomic tour of France. The author, like me, has been obsessed with all things Fre...

    The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time "Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book." ?Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence When journ...

    From page one, Ann Mah transported me to Paris! I savored each tasty page, identified with her frustrations over cultural differences, and travelled along side her as she journeyed throughout France, searching for the best cuisine. I found myself drifting into memories of Paris and ...

    Totally enjoyed this. Very realistic to the French. ...

  • Terri
    Feb 10, 2014

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...

    If you are Francophile, traveler, foodie or gourmet, this book is for you. I've been to France many times, and after reading this book, I'm reading to fly there next week. Ann Mah's writing is smooth and enjoyable to read. Mastering The Art of French Eating is about a diplomat's wi...

    How could anyone be teary-eyed reading a delightful account of France and French cooking? Ann Mah's loving memoir touched this Francophile and French resident deeply! Ann managed to put to words what we who feel the magnet-pull of Paris cannot easily voice. Oh, if passions could speak!...

    There are some books that capture you from the minute you open them and this was one of those books. I always felt hungry when reading it, which as my reading time is usually late at night wasn?t good, but that is about the only downside I found with it. It has also given me itchy fe...

    The title of this book hooked me. I travel to France semi-frequently and look for any book, movie, website, etc. which will help me understand French culture. The first 3-4 chapters did not disappoint as Mah traveled to various regions in France, explaining about that region's food her...

    Possibly the highest praise I can give is that I just bought a second copy to gift to a friend whose husband actually IS about to become a diplomat. Loved this book. So much of my love for it was how much I, as a navy wife, identified with the diplomat husband woes (loneliness; movi...

    I loved this book! It really made me want to return to Paris someday. I enjoyed the way Ann described the various dishes that she learned to make and that she included the recipes at the end of each chapter. If you plan to travel to France (or even just in your dreams), this book is fo...

    Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France. The personal memoir parts can be tentative, faltering, even at times whiny--reflective of the author's experience of a year spent alon...

    Even as a Frenchman who loves his andouillette, cheese and garlicky snails, I've learnt so much reading this book. Ann Mah has carried out a serious investigation into the ``classic" French dishes, which is demonstrated by the amazing detail and her perfect description of French cultur...

    What a wonderful book! Ann Mah takes us on a veritable tour of France by the signature food item of each area in France. In each chapter she describes the food, the origins of the food and the modern life of the food item. Interspersed between food passages is the story of her life for...

    Reading Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah is like having a great conversation with a best friend. Let?s talk about our careers, marriage and love - it?s here. Let?s talk about our deepest hopes, longings, and regrets - it?s here. Let?s talk about our family and pa...

    Mastering the Art of French eating is a delicious blend of memoir, history, travelogue and vivid food writing. Ann Mah has a fantastic way with food description. She achieves a satisfying weave of the personal and the and the "informational." Each chapter focuses on a dish from a diffe...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Overall, this was an entertaining, though not particularly novel, book. Mah, an American expat in Paris, discusses a different French food in each chapter. Often, she delves into the history behind the food, which, in my opi...

    I enjoyed this. Ann Mah's descriptions of the food made me so hungry and had me wishing I still lived in Europe. Good food was a big deal there and almost all the countries took such pride in their specialties. I say 'almost all' because some countries didn't have anything to brag abou...

    Come on a culinary journey with Ann Mah, and enjoy famous as well as lesser-known dishes from different regions in France. Discover the origins of these meals, and see Ann's own interpretation of these recipes. Meet some interesting people. This memoir is a delightful exploration of Fr...

    Rich exploration of expat life in Paris. Her reflections on building community, especially while apart from her husband, resonated with me and I loved seeing where her culinary whims led her as the book progressed. ...

    Enjoyed the food bits, but the memoir parts were a slog. Mah's an annoying whiner. Skip this one. ...

    Enjoyable read 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...

    An enjoyable read, especially if you?re a lover of France and its food. ...

    Uneven memoir about food and the expat life After reading an epic history of the Bush/Cheney administration, I needed something a lot lighter and less dense. I thought this memoir might do the trick. Author of Kitchen Chinese has written another book about food, this time a non-fiction...

    I devoured this book, like a piece of artisan goat cheese, a slice of cepes sausage bought at a market in Mausanne... every chapter brought me back to Paris and Provence, and inspired me to take a gastronomic tour of France. The author, like me, has been obsessed with all things Fre...

    The memoir of a young diplomat?s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris?one dish at a time "Excellent ingredients, carefully prepared and very elegantly served. A really tasty book." ?Peter Mayle, author of The Marseille Caper and A Year in Provence When journ...

    From page one, Ann Mah transported me to Paris! I savored each tasty page, identified with her frustrations over cultural differences, and travelled along side her as she journeyed throughout France, searching for the best cuisine. I found myself drifting into memories of Paris and ...

    Totally enjoyed this. Very realistic to the French. ...

    Ann Mah hasn't been married very long before her dream of living in Paris comes true due to her husband's diplomat job. And then it turns a little sour when her husband, Calvin, has to be in Baghdad- a very important, prestigious appointment- for a year with intermittent trips back to ...

  • Allison6876
    Aug 29, 2013

    Ann Mah ended up in Paris when her husband was placed there in a diplomatic role. During that time, he was sent to Baghdad on a year-long assignment, leaving her in Paris by herself. I wish that had been more of a back story than central to this book, because her complaints almost ruin...

    I wanted this book to be good. I really did. The title is so catchy and who doesn't love France and it's wonderful cuisine? But it was, in fact, a disappointment. While I enjoyed the way the author travelled into the regions of France to report on the history and preparation of c...

    Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the time. Even took an afternoon to drive out w my kid here (in an area not renowned for any cuisine but seafood) in search of of steak fri...

    I'm torn a little about what to rate this book. It's book about living and working and shopping and cooking and eating in Paris, which is one of my favorite topics, so it it ought to be at least a four, right? And I gobbled it down, just like it was a four or five star strawberry tart ...

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING. It's fascinating and fun and eloquent, and so filled with love and heart. I'm neither a foodie nor a Francophile, but the book completely worked for me anyway! Brava, Ann Mah!! ...

    I'm giving this 3 stars for the vignettes regarding the dishes. These were very enjoyable. However the "poor me" whining about being lonely was extremely irritating and caused me to have an internal debate about finishing the book. Here's my rant: The "introspective" sections are wri...