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Julia Child’s kitchen and a giveaway

By Ann | October 1, 2013

JC kitchen

This Thursday, I was supposed to travel to Washington, DC to talk about Mastering the Art of French Eating at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The book discusses my admiration of Julia Child — as a home cook, student of French cuisine, and fellow diplomat’s wife — and I was excited and incredibly honored to give a talk at her kitchen (which is a permanent installation at the museum). Alas, due to the government shutdown — and subsequent closure of the Smithsonian — the event has been postponed.

Of course, I’m disappointed. Still, considering the thousands of Federal workers currently without a paycheck, I’m not complaining.

And then I thought — instead of presenting the book in DC, perhaps I could present DC to the book?

Thanks to my publisher — and in shutdown solidarity — I’m delighted to be giving away three copies of Mastering the Art of French Eating to currently furloughed Federal government workers!

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment below telling me:
1) Where you work as a Federal employee

2) A one-word reason why you’re interested in France. (For example: “wine,” or “existentialism,” or “Louis Vuitton” (that’s two words, but still).

3) For a bonus entry, tweet: “Food! France! Love! I entered to win Mastering the Art of French Eating by @AnnMahNet http://annmah.net/?p=4860”

Contest ends Tuesday, October 8. Winners will be selected at random. Please spread the word!

UPDATE: The winners — Donna, Deanna, and Robert Kasper — have been contacted by email. Thanks for playing!


Here’s a roundup of book news from around the web:

A new breed of wine bars in Paris (NYT Travel)

Leaning out à la Francaise (Newsweek)

What I really think about andouillette (and an excerpt) (Bon Appétit)

The most underrated French dish (and my recipe for salade Lyonnaise) (Food 52)

Lovely post on A Cup of Jo

My book’s gorgeous Golden Retriever spokespeople (Lost in Arles)

My Ode to Provence (French Word-a-Day)

Wonderful reviews from Chez LoulouEat Live Travel Write, and Food Nouveau

Topics: Mastering the Art of French Eating | 22 Comments »

22 Responses to “Julia Child’s kitchen and a giveaway”

  1. Anne - Music and Markets Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    What a lovely idea – thanks for your thoughtfulness! Keep us posted as to when you’re rescheduled at the Smithsonian – would love to come listen!

    October 1st, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I’m a volunteer, a non-paid member of the AirForce auxiliary, CAP (Civil Air Patrol), and no personal paid-for flying is to be done during the shut-down.

    My large interest in France is “MEMORIES”.

  3. Lindsey Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea, Ann!

  4. Anne Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    1) I work for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission which is a congressional support agency.

    2) Food!

  5. Lin Powell Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I am not a furloughed Fed gov’t worker (not even an American), so not eligible, but you warmed my heart with such a generous offer.

  6. Emma Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Being a foreigner I’m not eligible for the giveaway but just wanted to say I hope everything is sorted out soon and people get their jobs back. Lovely idea Ann.

  7. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Very nice Ann!

  8. Natalie Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 am

    1) I work for the International Trade Commission, which is the agency that determines whether imports are actually hurting American producers. Some food items occasionally are investigated, i.e. shrimp, pasta.

    2) Charcuterie!

  9. Donna Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Systems analyst for DoD. WINE! (and FOOD!)

  10. Bonnie Larsen Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 am

    1. IRS Andover, MA Service Center (I can hear the “boos” & “hisses”. I assure you, I do no harm!)

    2. Aligot!

    Ann, your gesture is so appreciated. In the midst of this insanity, kindness prevails! Hope it ends soon and your Smithsonian visit is rescheduled.

  11. Maureen Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Great idea, Ann. Thanks!

    1. I work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    2. Beauty
    3. I don’t tweet, but I will share your post on Facebook.

    I’m looking forward to reading your new book!

  12. Deanna Ayala Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:37 am

    1. I work (worked) at USDA.
    2. Pharmacies

  13. Denise Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:39 am

    thank you for your generosity! Have not been feeling the love lately.
    1)work at Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta
    2)Les huitres!

  14. Lori Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 am

    You’re so kind! (1) I’m furloughed from the National Institutes of Health, (2) fromage!!!, (3) tweet’s on its way. Merci!

  15. adeline Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Generous idea!

  16. Kim Dixon Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Department of Defense
    – The French Paradox!

  17. Susan Says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you, Ann! We’ve all been through so much this year – people have no idea.

    I am a Civil Servant on furlough from the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (U.S. Navy) in Port Hueneme, Calif.


  18. Robert Kasper Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 1:28 am

    1. USTR – Washington DC
    2. les montagnes

    We lived in Geneva for 15 years and regularly dipped into France for gastronomy and wine! Would love a copy of your book!!!

    PS I don’t Tweet

  19. Christine Lonie Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I was working before govt shutdown at Naval Health Clinic Hawaii as their only Civil Engineer in the Facilities Department.

    Why interested in France – “Fromage” !!!!!

  20. Ann Marie Fretts Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:06 am

    What a great and generous idea! During the late 1990’s, I would often see Julia shopping at a farm stand in Lexington where she would stop after visiting her husband Paul at his medical care center. A few years later, i participated in a class at BU that she taught on Eggs, and she asked me about the health of the owner of the farm stand. Julia was a fantastic person with an incredible memory fo detail. If she were here, I think she would raise a glass of wine to salute your support of government employees and your new book!

  21. CK Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    (1) State Department (not furloughed yet but appalled by shutdown)
    (2) cafés

  22. Luisa Perkins Says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I just finished reading your book and loved it. Thanks!

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