'Mastering the Art of French Eating': 6 stories about moving to France

Writer Ann Mah shares her experiences living in Paris after her diplomat husband was assigned there.

4. "Le jour de crêpe"

A worker prepares crêpes in a stand in Paris Neal J. Menschel

While studying the famous French dish, Mah spoke with a Brittany resident named Louise Gesten, who remembered celebrating "le jour de crêpe" (the day of the crêpe) when she was growing up. Fridays were her family's particular day of the crêpe, but each family had their own. "Preparing the crêpes took the better part of the day," Mah wrote. "Louise's grandmother used to start at nine in the morning, mixing the batter by hand – she actually stuck her hand into the bowl of ingredients and beat everything together – and she didn't finish frying the last crêpe until three o'clock.... They ate so many crêpes that after the heavy lunch everyone would pull out blankets, curl up on the floor, and take a nap."

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