The day before we left for Paris a few weeks ago, an early copy of Ann Mah’s new book, Mastering the Art of French Eating arrived. I tore it open and meant to take it along to read on my flight. But alas, I was rushing around and forgot. August was crazy, so I didn’t have the time to start reading it until last night.
I met Ann through fellow Paris bloggers. I love her site and reading about her adventures in travel and food.
I’m just a chapter in, but what I’m most curious about (delicious food aside) is Ann navigating France alone after her diplomat husband was assigned to Iraq for a year shortly after their arrival in Paris. Having spent a lot of time in Paris with Evan who speaks way better French than I (and is admittedly a crutch), I can’t imagine. Of course, many expats have done this, but planning to spend time exploring a new country with your husband and then switching gears must have been tough.
Mastering the Art of French Eating is available September 26. You can pre-order it here.
Here’s a great quote from Ann from a conversation with her publisher:
Q: People are fascinated by France–the food, the fashion, the culture. What interest you about the country and why were you excited to move there?
A: I love the connection between the food, and place, and history in France, and the sense of community, the way a recipe grows from the land, takes root, and is cooked and eaten in that same spot for hundreds of years.