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Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A sweet-sour memoir of eating in China Paperback – 2 June 2011
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A modern classic by Britain's foremost expert on Chinese food.
Follow Fuchsia on her fascinating journey of discovery as she explores China and its culture through first-hand experiences of the country’s extraordinary culinary customs.
The award-winning cook and food writer vows to eat everything offered to her on arriving in China (however unusual!), covering an eclectic range of weird and wonderful dishes, from dog meat, civet cats, scorpions and rabbit heads, to the ovarian fat of the snow frog!
In this unforgettable food and travel memoir spanning the vibrant markets of Sichuan to the desert oases of Xinjiang, Fuchsia seeks to discover if it’s really possible for a Westerner to become a true convert to the Chinese cuisine …
Britain's most informed Sichuan food expert -- Terry Durack ― Independent
I, for one, am grateful to be living in an era when I can read Fuchsia Dunlop's erudite writing. Her latest, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper is filled with personal and humorous observations that make for fascinating reading. It is not only a memoir about food but also of culture from one of the world's oldest civilisations. -- Ken Hom
Fuchsia Dunlop is not just one of the world's experts on Chinese regional food, but a beautiful writer too. You can almost smell the Sichuan pepper and fish fragrant aubergines wafting off every page. She captures Sichuan life with a keen eye and elegant pen, at a time where China was on the cusp of opening up to the West. It's as evocative and eloquent picture of Chinese food and culture as you'll ever read, quietly erudite yet utterly addictive. -- Tom Parker Bowles
Fuchsia has a rare ability to convey an encyclopaedic knowledge of Chinese cuisine in a compelling and totally delicious way; this is a great book -- Heston Blumenthal
About the Author
- Publisher : Ebury Press (2 June 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091918324
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091918323
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Item Weight : 218 g
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #315,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love how the book has been written- there are recipes which I will try...maybe never but the author writes very honestly and it's eye-opening to see how stereotypical we can get with the picture in our mind, of people who eat differently from us.
Apart from being a very entertaining read, this book has also made me re-think food and the idea of food (nutrition). Highly recommended!