This Thursday, I was supposed to travel to Washington, DC to talk about Mastering the Art of French Eating at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The book discusses my admiration of Julia Child — as a home cook, student of French cuisine, and fellow diplomat’s wife — and I was excited and incredibly honored to give a talk at her kitchen (which is a permanent installation at the museum). Alas, due to the government shutdown — and subsequent closure of the Smithsonian — the event has been postponed.
Of course, I’m disappointed. Still, considering the thousands of Federal workers currently without a paycheck, I’m not complaining.
And then I thought — instead of presenting the book in DC, perhaps I could present DC to the book?
Thanks to my publisher — and in shutdown solidarity — I’m delighted to be giving away three copies of Mastering the Art of French Eating to currently furloughed Federal government workers!
Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment below telling me:
1) Where you work as a Federal employee
2) A one-word reason why you’re interested in France. (For example: “wine,” or “existentialism,” or “Louis Vuitton” (that’s two words, but still).
3) For a bonus entry, tweet: “Food! France! Love! I entered to win Mastering the Art of French Eating by @AnnMahNet http://annmah.net/?p=4860”
Contest ends Tuesday, October 8. Winners will be selected at random. Please spread the word!
UPDATE: The winners — Donna, Deanna, and Robert Kasper — have been contacted by email. Thanks for playing!
Here’s a roundup of book news from around the web:
A new breed of wine bars in Paris (NYT Travel)
Leaning out à la Francaise (Newsweek)
My book’s gorgeous Golden Retriever spokespeople (Lost in Arles)
My Ode to Provence (French Word-a-Day)