Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah


Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Mah, a novelist and food writer for magazines, lived in Paris solo for a year while her husband, a U.S. diplomat, served in Baghdad. As a spur for trips outside the capital, she decided to investigate the specialty dishes of different regions in their natural homes: boeuf bourguignon in Burgundy, crepes in Brittany, salade lyonnaise in Lyon. She chronicles these trips in Mastering the Art of French Eating. The combination of travel, history, and food memoir makes for a very satisfying armchair trip. I think the subtitle (Lessons on Food and Love from a Year in Paris) is rather a stretch–her lessons in love seem to comprise “Hey, I like my husband and I miss him,” which isn’t exactly compelling reading. But as a foodie indulgence, Mastering the Art of French Eating is excellent. Just don’t read on an empty stomach!

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