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By Ann | December 4, 2013


You guys, it’s DECEMBER already. What happened? Actually, I think I know what happened: time got swallowed up in the SDZ (sleep deprivation zone). But now the twins (pictured above) are three months old (!). And the human baby and I have settled into a routine rich with literary supplement (favorite subjects: apiary and the science of the common cold), and fine dairy products. Life is starting to feel normal again. A new normal, where the week’s meals are cooked in one fell swoop on Sunday afternoons, and sleeping until 5.30 am feels luxurious. Also, after ten years, I’ve started to drink coffee again. It’s like a magic headache-relieving elixir of the gods, people, why didn’t you tell me?

Elle magazine

To all of you who have read Mastering the Art of French Eating over the past few months — thank you. I am truly grateful for your support. I’ve loved hearing from so many of you about your own dodgy adventures with andouillette, your favorite French dishes, the trips to Paris that you dream about, and the visits there that changed your life. I’m thrilled the book was chosen as an Amazon best book of the year, and a winner of the Elle Readers’ Prize. Also, though a few months have passed, I still cannot believe it received this review in the Wall Street Journal.

Ann Mah credit Katia Grimmer-Laversanne

December Book Events

I’m excited about two book events this month. I would love to meet you! Also — signed books make a lovely holiday gift (hint hint)!

Washington, DC
Where: Smithsonian Museum of American History
When: Saturday, December 7, 3-5pm (that’s this Saturday)
What: Informal book-signing at Julia Child’s kitchen — stop by any time to say hello!

Laguna Beach, CA
Where: Laguna Beach Books
When: Thursday, December 19, 6pm
What: Reading, book signing, and cheese tasting

bookplate 1-1

bookplate 2-1

Finally, if you own Mastering the Art of French Eating, or would like to offer the book (or several!) as a holiday gift, I’d be happy to send you a signed book plate to personalize your copy. Just drop me a note via the contact form at the top of the website. The book plates were designed by my talented friend Anna Tunick; they feature 19th-century engravings of garden vegetables and were printed on acid-free paper by Bookplate Ink.

I’ll be back soon with a new post (and more Tuesday Dinner)! In the meantime, thanks for reading. Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re reading and cooking, won’t you? I’ve missed you guys.



Topics: Appearances, Book, Mastering the Art of French Eating | 21 Comments »

21 Responses to “Bits and pieces”

  1. Christine Griffith Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Ann,
    I am so enjoying your book and hope to finish it before Xmas, so I can write a review for you. Your daughter is beautiful…what a wonderful Xmas you and your husband will have this year, with a little person to share in the celebrations.

  2. Lindy Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    How lovely to see the three month old darling baby. Thank you for posting it. And for giving us all the good news. Love Lindy

  3. Susan Gabriel Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Enjoyed twin on left and now get to enjoy twin on the right. What eyes for a three-month old! Blessings for the holidays to all, Susan Gabriel

  4. Gail Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Just started following your blog and am enjoying the experience. Oh, the joy and hard work of a new baby. I have almost recovered. My baby is now 43!

  5. Betty Gleason Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Oh goody a picture of Lucy Rose. I have been dying to ask, but didn’t want to seem pushy. She is adorable! You are a month ahead of me. My sleep cycle & routine were never back to normal until 4 months.
    On the cooking front, it was duck a la cherries
    Angelica with a quinoa hazelnut stuffing for Thanksgiving. Still salivating.

  6. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Thrilled to bits with all your successes Ann. So well deserved!

  7. Devra Long Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    What a perfect day to receive this; our book club met today to choose our books for next year and we chose your book!! I am almost finished reading it and can’t wait to read it again!!!
    Lucy is just adorable!!!!

  8. Emma Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Good for you Ann, your book is wonderful and all the praise is well deserved. Glad you and the (very cute!) little one are settling into a routine as well :)

  9. Susan Carter Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Ann, I’m looking forward to meeting you in Laguna Beach & will bring my book & the one I’m giving as a gift to be signed then.

  10. Heather in Arles Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love Lucy! Thank goodness I don’t live closer or I would be that annoying friend that just stares and stares at her. Those eyes! And I see that she is already being prepped to be a fashionable NYer too. :)

    Let’s see…last night I cooked Smitten Kitchen’s spicy squash, lentils and goat cheese and as for reading I am bummed because I started Elizabeth Gaskell’s “Wives and Daughters” only to realize that I have read it already!! Sigh.

    Always good to hear from you Ann.
    Gros Bisous,

  11. Lynde Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Baby Lucy is gorgeous!

    Please come to Portland, OR!

    Looking for great soup recipes without meat or dairy. It is cold here.

  12. Suzanne Dennis Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    So the lovely Lucy Rose makes it to the blog! Thank you, Ann. Having received a signed book plate I recommend that your other readers request one. I will be requesting a few more for gifts I’ll be giving at Christmas.

    I made a combination whole cranberry sauce and cranberry/orange relish to take to our friends’ table on Thanksgiving. The next day made Provencal Bean soup with duck confit. I bought the cuisse de canard in Nice last March.

  13. Ann Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Christine — Thanks! I’m so honored to have a Kiwi among the readers.

    Lindy — Thanks for stopping by, lovely Lindy! Lucy is waiting for her jam-making lesson!

    Susan — Thanks for getting to know both my twins! :)

    Gail — Ha ha! But we’ll be sleeping through the night before age 43, right?

    Betty — Your Thanksgiving feast sounds amazing, especially since I love quinoa!

  14. Ann Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Mardi — Aw, thanks, friend. I’m grateful to you for all your support!

    Devra — Your comment made my day! I’m so honored!

    Emma — Thanks for reading — I’m so appreciative. We’re settling into a routine… 5am has never been more welcoming!

    Susan Carter — Yay! I can’t wait to meet you!

    Heather — That sounds divine! Why don’t I cook more from Smitten Kitchen? Lucy wants to meet you and stare at YOU!

  15. Ann Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Lynde — I would love to come to Portland — you have great indie bookstores. Maybe for the paperback! I have a couple of soup recipes in the works — stay tuned!

    Suzanne — I’m so glad the book plate arrived and would be thrilled to send you more! Your soup sounds wonderful, like a simpler cassoulet. Gorgeous.

  16. Anne - Music and Markets Says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Finally started reading the book… and had to stop cause it was SO good and struck so many chords….and start all over again reading aloud to my husband, knowing he’d love it too. We laughed out loud (with fresh memories from last week at our home in Aix) at your description of grasping for a word or phrase as the conversation flows…trying to get some idea of what in the world our French friends are talking about around the table….oh could we relate!! And here we are, back in the DC area, but will miss you this weekend cause we’ll be in Austin for our grandaughter’s 4th birthday.
    We’re looking forward to each chapter of your wonderful book and will keep enjoying it together – merci!

  17. Jeanne Says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    So glad to hear you and Lucy have settled into a new normal. She is so beautiful. Congratulations on the Amazon award and your many well deserved reviews. I have finished the book and just last night picked it up again for some rereading.

  18. Kristen Says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Oh! I wish you had something in New York next week while I’m in town! Happy December!

  19. Shannon Says:
    December 9th, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Three months and look how they’ve grown–both are beautiful! Congratulations on the Elle’s Reader’s Prize.

    Now…you call tell me…have you started considering who will play you in the movie adaptation?

  20. katy Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, Lucy is so cute! Congratulations on the many successes of the past year!

    When are you coming west to Omnivore Books to promote the book? :)

  21. david terry` Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Well….all I have to say (and I’m glad to see/read that i’m scarcely alone in holding this opinion) is that “Masterig the Art of French Eating” was one of the 3 or 4 most memorably enjoyable books I read this past year (and I read a LOT of books). A previous commenter (is that a word?…do we clunkily say “commentator”?) was quite right in writing that your book “struck so many chords”.

    Just as significantly (and I hope this makes sense to folks other than myself), it’s a book that delivers what it promises, so to speak. I get a lot of half-baked (I know…block those puns) sorta-memoir/sorta-cookbook/sorta-whatever expat-books….either as gifts or review copies. The great majority of them give the impression that someone submitted a proprosal and then just padded it out, ad nauseum and with no particular point…..I finish them and wonder “Okay, so you went to Europe and ate things folks don’t eat in Milwaukee. Big Deal…Europeans stay in their own houses and usually eat & see European things every day of their lives….what’s your POINT?”.

    The difference is hard to pinpoint exactly….but your book is like Julia Child’s/Alex Prudhomme’s “My Life in France” in that it’s a book I’ve happily given to friends who aren’t and probably never will spend any noticeable time in the kitchen. One thing that strikes me is that they’re both HAPPY books by smart, engaging women who are willfully receptive to new (and sometimes off-putting or distressing) experiences.

    Well,enough of that. Suffice it to say that it’s good to see that your book’s had such a positive reception.

    Cute baby, by the way……


    David Terry


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