Archive for the ‘Food & Cooking’ Category

You Review: Mastering the Art of French Eating – Ann Mah

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Review by Anouschka van Leeuwen

For the food lovers out there, the title of this book should ring a bell, because it is a reference to Julia Child’s famous book in which French cuisine is made accessible for mainstream Americans. Ann Mah, like Julia Child, is the wife of a diplomat, and together with her husband she comes to live in Paris for four years. This is heaven to her, until her husband is called away for a year, leaving Ann alone to discover France.

Out of her love of French food, and as a way to pass the time, Ann sets out to discover the origin of some of France’s most famous dishes. Each chapter in the book is about Ann’s travels to a specific region in France in order to uncover the history of a recipe. Along the way she makes new friends and tries to find her place among the Paris community.

Although each chapter is centered around one dish, they are not to be read as stand-alone stories. An equally large part of each chapter is spent on Ann’s personal musings, or “lessons in love”, as the subtitle of the book depicts. Thus, the reader gets to learn interesting facts about French history, presented through the eyes of an American woman who is essentially an outsider to French culture. I felt like I was travelling alongside the author, sharing in her surprise and sometimes dismay about some of France’s customs. Because of the high information density, I found the best way to enjoy this book was to read one chapter every few days. When I turned the last page, I felt content not only because I had learned a lot, but also because I had read a nice and elegantly written story.

In short, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris offers a surprisingly entertaining mix of food, history, and romance. I think it is necessary that you enjoy all three of these genres to fully appreciate the book, so not everyone will like it – but if you are one of those people, you are in for a treat!

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Cooking, Crafts, Fashion

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Crafts and Fashion as picked out by section buyers Pleun, Simone, Sophie, Nyjolene and Jesse. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


This Just In: Health & Nutrition

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Health and Nutrition Section:


Gift Ideas: Cooking, Health & Nutrition, Sports

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Health & Nutrition and Sports as supplied by Simone, Jeroen, Agnes and Martijn.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!


This Just In: Cookbooks

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Far too many mouthwatering, recently-arrived Cookbooks: