Tuesday 26 September 2017

Enjoy the taste of Paris with a palatable book

Ann Mah
Ann Mah
Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan

Anyone who enjoyed the movie Julie & Julia, about the American chef Julia Child who spent time learning to cook in Paris, will want to get their hands on Ann Mah's new book, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris. Mah is a diplomat's wife – as was Child – who found herself upping sticks to move to Paris when her husband Calvin was stationed there for three years.

She's originally from Los Angeles, and her background is in both publishing and food – she worked as an assistant editor at Viking Penguin in New York, and in 2005 was awarded a James Beard Foundation culinary scholarship to study in Bologna, Italy. Yet, when her husband was suddenly reposted to Iraq, Ann found herself alone in Paris – and decided to go on a gastronomic tour of the city, searching out French comfort foods, their recipes and history. The result is Ann's memoir, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris, published by Pamela Dorman Books, price €16.96.

www.annmah.net

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