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Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2011
I have read the author's earlier book about going to school in France. As someone who likes cooking and France, I think I enjoyed that book more. This book, of course, has its merits; I learned a few things that I didn't know. The majority of the cooking tips, however, aren't that amazing and anyone who isn't a novice in the kitchen has learned them before. The idea is nice, too...teaching women to cook can really impact their lives; their health, their finances, their families. Just as with the last book, though, I can't say I like the author or her writing style. I don't mean this as a personal attack; we just don't click. I bought this book because of the topic, not the author. I found several parts of the book to be boring and pushed through them. The author's thoughts, comments, and explanations slowed down the "meat and potatoes" of the text. I also found the "story within a story" regarding a spontaneous trip to the Mediterranean to be exactly what it was billed as - an interruption. And an unnecessary one, at that. The other tale about raising money by hosting dinner parties with a burlesque dancer as entertainment to be odd...am I supposed to think this is fun? Creative? Interesting? Again, we just don't click. I wish her well, but don't think I would buy another book by this author.