Gallic journey

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


I came across Chinese-American Ann Mah's blog (Adventures in Food, France and Beyond, just as she was packing up to leave Paris, France. Her husband, a diplomat, had received a new posting, so they were moving from the City of Lights to Washington, in the United States. Mah is a writer - she's published a novel, Kitchen Chinese, and has written for the South China Morning Post and The New York Times.

Mah writes that 'time passes more quickly in Paris than anywhere else in the world', but she's lucky enough to have spent four years there. It's clear she appreciates all the food the country has to offer - in fact, she's just finished another book, Mastering the Art of French Eating, about regional cuisine (to be published next year).

The blog includes posts about the best baguette in Paris (right); a Q&A with Patricia Wells, the award-winning journalist who wrote The Food Lover's Guide to Paris; and her travels to the Basque region of Spain. She also includes recipes, such as savoury cake with roquefort and walnuts, clafoutis, Peking duck, far Breton (a prune cake from Brittany), strawberry-rhubarb compote (above right) and stir-fried ginger noodles.