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This review is from: Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris (Hardcover)
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A very personal experience about living in France, Ann Mah has written a charming memoir about relocating to Paris only to find out that her foreign service husband has been called away to Iraq, leaving them with Skype visits and Ann alone to eat and explore her way through the city and beyond. I know what it is like to land in another country and be alone - in my case it was Rome - and even though you have open air markets and cafes and restaurants at your disposal, there is an aching loneliness that pervails, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how she adapted to the circumstances and, being a journalist, she set out to about French cuisine and write about her discoveries. Mah does a magnificent job, taking the reader along on her journeys to the regions as she describes the local speciality and offers up the recipe at the end of each section. Beautiful, enjoyable, and heart warming, this is a unique book on the much-written about the country and its food.