WOW Book Club: Ten

The Art of French Eating

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with France and all things French.

There. I said it.

In 2017 I have pledged to continue feeding my obsession of all things French by taking this passion in to the kitchen, so when I saw a book titled The Art of French Eating at a discount book store in Melbourne recently, I knew this would be a book I would not only enjoy but also learn from!

The Art of French Eating

The Art of French Eating

I began this book a few days ago and after a few hundred of you screenshot the cover on my Snapchat, I realised this would be a great new read for the WOW Book Club. Sure, I have gone a little nuts on French books over the past year (previously we’ve read Paris Letters, Lunch in Paris and just last month, The Only Street in Paris). But nonetheless I’m back at square one, obsessed with French culture and happenings, especially when it comes to food and dining out!

One instance I remember earlier in the year in Annecy, France, was my partner and I being no less than incompetent when it came to eating out in France. Past the Bonjour Monsieur and niceties I was able to offer our waiter, we really had no idea about how to order or how to behave amidst French dining culture.

So here we are!

I’m hoping this book leads me down the winding path of French table etiquette, social aspects of French dining culture and of course highlights French food by region. If the blurb is anything to go by, I think I’ll be set for a successful visit to France in the New Year!

Lets do this! Do you have any flashbacks from travels to France that lead you to believe this book might help you on future travels to France!?

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    Taste of France
    January 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Most waiters in France are professionals–they aren’t doing it while waiting for another job/career (like acting) to work out; instead they went to school for it and consider waiting to be their career. And why not? Anyway, part of the professionalism is that they should never make the diner feel uncomfortable, even if the diner commits some faux pas. They might try to gently let you know so that you aren’t left in the dark to do it again and again, and you should take it as that. It isn’t condescending unless you let it be.
    On a solo trip in Normandy, I went to a nice restaurant, only to be greeted with dismay when I said table for one. I was stuck in the back by the kitchen. This turned out to be good. I had a book for company (faux pas) but abandoned it as I ate because I was so in rapture over the food. The staff noticed and repeatedly paused at my table to tell me about the dishes, the preparation, the history. By the end of the meal, I was surrounded by them, and they were clearly thrilled that I was thrilled with the food.

    Peta Kaplan
    December 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I am a Francophile as well, so I can certainly relate. I grew up in South Africa with a grandmother obsessed with all that is French. French food, French language, French perfume. So how lucky am I to have married a Frenchman? Traveling to France with a Parisian is quite an experience. And we did it many times. I love Paris and French language and French movies… But many there are a lot of rules over there on how to do things and not do things… That part I don’t love.

    Thanks for an interesting post.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    December 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re obsessed with France – I am too, though I haven’t been. Loving tour book recommendations!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    December 30, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I love visiting France! I also love speaking French and all things French culture so the books “How to be Parisian Without Really Trying” and “Almost French” were wonderful additions to my library! Maybe you’ll love them as much as I did?


    Katarina Holtzapple
    December 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Oh my, my mom and I read this book before coming to France. Did learn some things, that is for sure, but have very mixed feelings on the author herself and how she writes about the experience. Would be interested to hear what you think of it though….