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It’s a book!

By Ann | August 27, 2013


Last week the doorbell rang and I received a very exciting delivery: early copies of Mastering the Art of French Eating. It’s here, it’s here! It’s a book!

After so many years of research and writing, it feels weirdly wonderful to see those hours of toil distilled into a single object. One that has, you know, my name on it.



Perhaps I’m biased, but I think the book has a truly beautiful design, with an elegant typeface and charming flourishes that capture its French spirit.


book plate

The book will be officially released on September 26 and — shameless self-promotion alert! — there’s still time to pre-order (and take advantage of a hefty forty percent discount!). And if you do pre-order, my offer still stands — I would be thrilled to send you a signed book plate to turn personalize your edition. Just drop me a note [ann at ann mah dot net] with a copy of your receipt and I’ll pop one in the mail.


Over a decade ago, when I was an editorial assistant subsisting on grilled cheese sandwiches cooked on a waffle iron, I used to dream of one day seeing my initials stamped on a hardcover book case. I still can’t believe that dream has come true.

Two other bits of news:

–I’m delighted that the book has received rave pre-publication reviews from Library Journal (“honest, funny, and eloquent”), Booklist (“mouthwatering”), and Kirkus (“Mah’s prose brims with true love”).

–I had so much fun collecting my favorite French internet recipes and sharing them with a panel of French food experts on First We Feast! I can’t wait to check out the other suggestions, too.

Thanks, friends, as always, for reading.

Topics: Mastering the Art of French Eating | 27 Comments »

27 Responses to “It’s a book!”

  1. Lindsey Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Have already begun reading it and I’m in love! Your storytelling, as usual, reels me in. So many clever lines and astounding history I never knew: celebrate fully because this book is absolutely wonderful :)

  2. Lil Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Woohoo!! You’ve worked hard for this and totally deserve your initials on hardcover copy. May there be many more to come in the future years!

    It’s on my wishlist but there’s not much discount to be had there, booo. I need to strategise for the best way to get it but at this rate, may end up with a Kindle copy instead.

    Ps: am totally envious of those who have pre-pub copies!

  3. Heather in Arles Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    It looks gorgeous, Ann! I can’t wait to read it and am so insanely excited for you that you would have thought that I had written it! Teehee.

  4. Karen Cafarella Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Can’t wait to get my copy from Amazon. Sept. is almost here.

  5. Lisa, a.k.a. The Bold Soul Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    It’s not only beautiful, it’s ELEGANT. Truly. Congratulations on achieving your dream!

  6. Amy Kim Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I love the initials on the cover…a very elegant touch. I am ordering this book!!

  7. Rhino75 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations – Can’t wait to read it!! xxxx

  8. avril rustage-johnston Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Forty percent off sounds great, but you didn’t say what the original price is.

  9. Betty Gleason Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    The book reflects your impeccable taste. You know I am impatiently waiting for your book to be delivered which will probably be while my twin sister & I are cooking up a storm in Paris. She has all the markets mapped. I forwarded to her the list: We are now discussing which ones to make.

  10. Voie de Vie Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Eep – congratulation on the first birth of the season! This will definitely be on my reading list in September.

    Now, impatiently waiting for the second big announcement … :)

  11. Voie de Vie Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 3:03 am

    P.S. – does this one feel different than Kitchen Chinese?

  12. Kim Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Hope we can persuade the author to sign our copy :)
    So exciting!

  13. Elizabeth Minchilli Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Congratulations!!!! About to go online to order my copy now. Can’t wait to read it.

  14. Parisbreakfast Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    BRAVO and gorgeous!
    The twins have a tough act to follow…
    Cheers Carolg

  15. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations, Ann. I can just imagine your excitement and yes, it looks extremely classy. I’m looking forward to reading it very soon!

  16. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Even though I have already read it, I cannot wait to hold it in my hands in “real” form :) It looks gorgeous – huge congrats!! XO

  17. CK Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    The second of many! Congratulations!

  18. Ann Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Lindsey — Oh, thank you! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying it.

    Lil — That’s so kind of you to say — thank you! And I would be honored if you bought the book in ANY form :)

    Heather in Arles — Merci! I’m excited (and nervous) for you to read it!

    Karen — Thank you for pre-ordering! I’m popping your book plates in the mail today!

    Lisa — When I first saw the finished copies, I gasped. Thanks for your kind comment!

    Amy — Thank you! I’d be so honored for you to read it.

    Rhino75 — Merci, friend! I just hope Miss Kitty likes it.

    Avril — The list price is $25.95, as shown in the link!

  19. Ann Says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Betty — You will be cooking French food in France? How wonderful! Personally, I’m eyeing the recipes for the pan bagnat sandwich and David Lebovitz’s grated carrot salad. So simple and so delicious.

    Voie de Vie — Thank you! While Kitchen Chinese will always be my first baby, I have to say publishing a hardcover does feel a little different!

    Kim — Twist my arm… :)

    Elizabeth — Thank you! That is so kind of you. I can’t wait to return the favor and order YOUR book. Write, write, write!

    ParisBreakfast — Merci! You know those are metaphoric twins, right?

    Jill — Thank you! I can’t wait for you to read it!

    Mardi — Awww, thank you for reading it already. I would be honored for a copy to be on your bookshelf!

  20. tammy Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I cannot wait to read this book! Congratulations, Ann, on a job well done.

  21. Emma Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Whoo, congrats Ann!!! The book looks gorgeous, well done you :)

  22. Jeanne Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 1:52 am

    It is beautiful Ann! I truly can’t wait until my copy arrives.

  23. Adeline Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Love the cover! Can’t wait to read it!

  24. Sweet Freak Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 2:56 am

    It’s beautiful, Ann! So very happy for you. xo

  25. Bob Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Wow! I can’t wait to read it … so I can taste your creativity with my eyes as well as enjoy your beautiful recipes!

  26. katy Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 3:57 am

    A hearty congratulations, Ann! It really is lovely, and those bookplates (or is that stationery?) are adorable. Tres chic for sure!

  27. Janice MacLeod Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    This is a beautiful book. I’m delighted to have discovered you, your blog and this book. Merci for all you do.

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