Serve the People

Serve the People : A Stir-Fried Journey Through China

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A memorable and mouthwatering cook's tour of today's China As a freelance journalist and food writer living in Beijing, Jen Lin-Liu already had a ringside seat for China's exploding food scene. When she decided to enroll in a local cooking school--held in an unheated classroom with nary a measuring cup in sight--she jumped into the ring herself. Progressing from cooking student to noodle-stall and dumpling-house apprentice to intern at a chic Shanghai restaurant, she finds poor young men and women streaming in from the provinces in search of a "rice bowl" (living wage); a burgeoning urban middle class hungry for luxury after decades of turmoil and privation; and the mentors who take her in hand in the kitchen and beyond. Together they present an unforgettable slice of contemporary China in the full swing of social and economic transformation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 341 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 32mm | 580.6g
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0151012911
  • 9780151012916
  • 1,150,854

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"a delicately crafted steamed dumpling of a book. ... Serve the People is the sort of happy-go-lucky, multicultural, foodie type of writing that readers (and publishers) love. It''s peppered with delicious descriptions, authentic recipes, humorous anecdotes and all the goodness of a young woman who finds her way in life, and even falls in love."
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"A beautiful and revelatory book about cuisine, packed with humor and pathos and profound cultural insight."--Frederick Kaufman, author of "A Short History of the American Stomach""If you hunger for clear insights into the regular people of China today, read Jen Lin-Liu's tour-de-force "Serve the People."--"William Poy Lee, author of "The Eighth Promise"As a freelance journalist and food writer living in Beijing, Jen Lin-Liu already had a ringside seat for China's exploding food scene. When she decided to enroll in a local cooking school--held in an unheated classroom with nary a measuring cup in sight--she jumped into the ring herself. In "Serve the People, "Lin-Liu gives a memorable and mouthwatering cook's tour of today's China as she progresses from cooking student to noodle-stall and dumpling-house apprentice to intern at a chic Shanghai restaurant. The characters she meets along the way include poor young men and women streaming in from the provinces in search of a "rice bowl" (living wage), a burgeoning urban middle class hungry for luxury after decades of turmoil and privation, and the mentors who take her in hand in the kitchen and beyond. Together they present an unforgettable slice of contemporary China in the full swing of social and economic transformation.
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Advance Praise for "Serve the People""The finest book on Chinese cuisine -- how it is cooked and how it is eaten and why it matters -- in decades."--Edward Gargan, author of "The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong""A humorous and insightful look at China through its most famous export: its cuisine.--Ian Johnson, author of "Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China""Funny, original, atmospheric and alluring. It sent me straight to the kitchen."--Oliver August, author of" Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man""A wonderfully vivid picture of China's society along with its cuisine."--Jung Chang, author of "Wild Swans "and "Mao: The Unknown Story""Deliciously authentic, and what a cast of characters! I loved this book."--Jan Wong, author of "Red China Blues""A wonderfully funny and fascinating look at one of the world's great food cultures."--Peter Hessler, author of" Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present"
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