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Book Review: “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook” by Victoria Mas

If you love French cuisine or are traveling to France and wish to taste the local flavor, this French phrasebook will help you do it with savoir-faire. “By gaining insight into what, how, and why the French eat, you will come to appreciate a French meal to its fullest,” says author Victoria Mas, “and, perhaps, you’ll become a little bit French yourself.”

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book for review, however, I am under no obligation to write about it positively or otherwise.

Carma holding a copy of The Farm to Table French Phrasebook

Summary of The Farm to Table French Phrasebook

The Farm to Table French Phrasebook by Victoria Mas gives you an overview of the French language through the lens of food. It provides you not only with phrases for all the meals of the day, and for different places where you would find and consume food, but also the French culture’s relationship with food.

What Worked for Me

This book was well-written and provides a lot of interesting history and cultural information that puts food in the French perspective. After reading this book, you’ll have a good idea of how the French likes to eat and where and how they like to purchase their food. In addition, you’ll have a feel for how the French view food.

The words and phrases are organized by how you might need to use them, such as Meals, Grocery Shopping, and In the French Kitchen. This makes what you want to say easier to find than having to look through an English-French dictionary.

The book is also the perfect travel size. It is slightly larger than your average Mass Market Paperback, but because it is a hardback, it will withstand being shoved into and out of a purse or backpack multiple times.

What Didn’t Work for Me

This book is definitely written for someone who has a grasp of French pronunciation, as there is no guide for how to pronounce the French terms.

What I’d Love to See in the Second Edition

I would love to see pronunciation guides in written format, as well as links to online resources where you can hear the words and phrases (at least the most common ones) being pronounced by native speakers.

Recommendation

If you’re headed off to France — or just want to experience French cuisine at home — and want to give your experience a greater sense of French-ness, this book is for you! The cultural information is fascinating and the phrasebook portion is relatively easy to use.

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Specs

Full Title: The Farm to Table French Phrasebook: Master the Culture, Language and Savoir Faire of French Cuisine
Author: Victoria Mas
Format: Hardcover or Kindle
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Language: English (and French)
ISBN-10: 1612433553
ISBN-13: 978-1612433554

Pick up your copy on Amazon.com here.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.