Alice Steinbach manages to do the things we all want to do: She travels to different places to learn new things. She goes to cooking school in France, tours Jane Austin's England, and learns a bit about being a geisha in Japan. She does many other things as well.
I loved reading this book; even when Alice learns something I have no interest in, she makes it interesting. The locations, the learning, and the lessons were wonderful to read about.
One warning: make your bookmark something you can write on, and write down all the books that she mentions that sound interesting. I had to go back through page by page and write them down. I love books that talk about other books.
A very satisfying read. Fun, entertaining, and, yes, educational at the same time. I wish there were more books like this; I'd read them all.