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Saturday, February 08, 2014


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Ronni Ebbers

Delightful. With about 200 cookbooks, Patricia Wells and Ann Mah's latest, which I adored, have a place of honor. Yes, Ann's I keep with my cookbooks.

You reported the story so beautifully that I was green with envy. You should have joined them onstage. And on Cherche-Midi is one of our favorite boulangeries, Poîlane's original shop.

Thank you for dynamic writing.


Adeline Richarson Reunion Island

Hummm, lucky you ! I wish I was there too ! When I was a student (some 30 years ago ;-) ) the American Library and the British Insitute, which is in the 7th arrondissement too, were my favourite places to learn,read, speak and improve my English. I met and listened to so many fantastic people there.... your post brings back some very nice memories, thanks a lot !


A delightful read! Thank you

Edward Palumbo

I would have liked to hear some of what was said by the speakers instead of all that name dropping and news about who was there!

Ann Mah

Kristi! It was so wonderful to have you there -- thank you for coming. You seemed so serene when I saw you, I had no idea about your exciting trajet!


Today's story caused the "green-eyed monster" to raise its ugly head.
From the train ride from Provence all the way through the evening at the American Library, I was transported ~ just not enough NOT to be envious.

Nancy in Fort Worth, TX

We have a framed print of the Cherche Midi restaurant. I was so intrigued to read that you are staying with a friend on the same street...could you post a picture????


Merci for the delicious post! Can you tell us the name of the bistro where you had the "fluffy" croque-monsieur?

Kristin Espinasse

Thanks Ronnie, and to those who wrote in with positive feedback. I dont write many reviews of events, so this was a good challenge--even, as Edward pointed out--if I did not write as much as I could have about the event.

Edward, it was not my intention to name drop. I only wished to draw attention to other bloggers and writers--something I would to well to do more often. It is often appreciated by writers--and many readers--when the light is shined on others who do a good job of sharing their experiences in France. As for learning more about the talk, I pointed readers toward Marjorie's blog post--as she did such a good review of the talk.

Trina, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Today's blog provided much entertainment and had me online for quite some time. Your link to Lindsey Tramuta's site had me viewing her links to her Flickr page (a option for your full-resolution photo storage dilemma?) and then on to the interesting Artifact Uprising site as well as Katie Parma's Italy. Thanks for the lovely diversion. I generally don't follow the link trail as I often find it a distraction from your wonderful reads, but today, I am glad I did. Thanks again.

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

Loved the post --- even the name dropping-Ha! Thanks for including us in your adventures! Also, thanks for the great photos!

Stay well!

Cynthia Lewis (Eastern Shore of Maryland)

As always, you are so generous to share your adventures and excitement with us, your readers. You "take us along with you" and for that I can't thank you enough! My very best wishes, Cynthia

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

thanks for sharing your wonderful evening! I have 3 Patricia Wells cook books - Bistro, Tratoria and Vegetable Harvest.
Wonderful things in each. Ms Mah is new to me so will do some research on her and thank you for all the other delightful links. HOpe you had a great trip.

Drina Nadler

I have three of Patricia Well's books and just read Ann Mah's from the library. ( her new one) I love country French cooking, but
it is easier in summer. I live in Chicago.
Yes, I can make vegetables, braises, and
soups and do ! I am also a Julia Child cook. I enjoy the sights of Paris and I am
taking French. A challenge.
Thanks, Drina

susan klee,

Thank you for this delightful report of a delightful event! I must add that the co-author of "Markets of Paris" (and the one you'll need to find it in a bibliography, I believe)is Dixon Long. Dixon has also written several novels -- an excellent writer (and a friend of mine for the past . . . 60! years.)

Kristin Espinasse

Thanks, Susan. So good to have this note about Dixon Long. Will check out Dixons novels, too.

Andrea Hughes

Kristin, I too would love to have the name of the nearby bistro where you had the "fluffy" croque-monsieur! It's one of my favorite lunch items when in Paris! Of course food in general always is a favorite focus, especially when I'm traveling!
Merci d'avance!


What a special day for you !! And,yes... I spotted you there, center front and the row behind (mid)I'm sure was Lisa Taylor Huff and her husband...hope you got more photos later.

Muriel Teusink

Enjoyed your post so much I have printed it off for my second-year of French students.

Being both a librarian and a teacher of French (and an admirer of Julia Child), this was a wonderful blog post.

Bon courage!

Georgia from Northern CA

Hi Kristin,

What a joy to see you out and about and sharing it with all of us! Would have loved to be sitting next to you in the location, as described by Anne, where I saw you sitting in the picture as well.

Hope to hear of more adventures in the future!


I would like to say this post was delightful and that I enjoyed it so much. I believe you communicate and truly capture the feelings of the moment as it made me feel as if I were there. I'm sure Monsieur Palumbo must be a new reader of your blog because if he had been a long time reader he would know for a fact that you don't "name drop" - that would never be your intention! Regardless, as a long time reader of a blog that is FREE, I so appreciate the time, effort and work that goes into creating these posts on a regular, consistent basis that you do for all of us loyal readers. So THANK YOU chére Kristin - and keep them coming.

Kristin Espinasse

Thank you, Roberta. I appreciate your thoughtful response. Have a lovely weekend!

Trina, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Loved the post Kristin. It provided much entertainment as I followed your link to Lindsey Tramuta and then her links to her Flickr page (an option for your full-resolution photo storage dilemma?), Artifact Uprising and on to Katie Parma's Italy. Usually I find following links a distraction (much like someone playing with the television remote control), but today I found it an interesting journey. Thanks for the lovely writing and for the pleasant "sight-seeing" elsewhere.

Muriel Teusink

Since my earlier post at 05h23 this morning, I have purchased Mah's book, Mastering the art of French eating. I have just finished reading it and it was a delightful read. I must be a francophile! Thanks for the great post. Will get to the Wells book (also purchased through your Amazon link) later this week!
Enjoy the week and Courage for The Journey.

Suzanne Codi

What a good report Kristi! It must have been so fun! I love Patricia Wells and have several of her cookbooks we have used in our 20 year old cookbook club. As for Ann, I was fortunate to meet her at dinner here in DC, thanks to Jean-Marc, and I'm really enjoying her book, I've purchased several copies as gifts, ( and will do so with your latest one too) Wish I could have been there! Bises, Suzanne

Judi Miller

I very much enjoyed your post, as always! Thank you for the 'trip to Paris' - what a great opportunity to hear some talented women. I'm getting excited about our May trip, meanwhile, living vicariously through your wonderful stories and adventures. I, too would not mind a reference to the croque-monsieur restaurant! "Fluffy' is good!

I forwarded your post to a French woman who is going to be hosting us at her B&B in Chenonceaux. We are doing a bit of writing back & forth, me practicing my very limited French ; and she, her excellent English! I will be looking forward to your next vignette!

Kristin Espinasse

Thank you, Muriel and Suzanne for purchasing those books. That is wonderfully supportive!

Judi, will have to check out the BB as I will be back in Paris in April!

Diane Young

Si seulement je pourrais voir et audire les femmes literary. Thanks for sharing a wonderful experience with all of us who may never get there. I read Patricia Wells' articles in FRANCE magazine. She is a true cuisine celeb. Glad you went and shared.


Now, how to say "Hit it!" in French? Depending on the context, it could be "Casse toi!" ou bien "degage!" :-)

Chef Alain

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