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This book got me very interested in Chinese cuisine and I spent a long time (and I mean days) watching YouTube videos about the obsession the Chinese have with food that's moving while it's in your mouth. 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!
Quite honestly, I cannot write a review of any one of Fuchsia Dunlop's books without switching to another genre of writing, i.e., the love-letter. I am no spring chicken, and have been busy as an amateur cook for some 50 years, but to get a shot in the arm like the one I get from reading and cooking from her books is truly extraordinary. She has given me a new zest for cooking, not just Chinese food, but things that I have not made for years. A tiny wish, after the Earl of Rochester: dear Fuchsia, "please continue as thou art."
The author has really dived into local cuisine and try to explore the culture behind it. The first half of the book was eye opening and her understanding truly amazing. But the author seems have fallen into confirmation bias in the later part of this book and picked holes on niche issue of the culture.
I know (of) Ms Dunlop from her cookery books so I wasn't expecting this to be quite so well written (in the sense that a cook isn't necessarily a good writer) - but it really is. Fascinating, illuminating, entertaining. Magic. I'll read this again.
After being introduced to Fuscia Dunlop by my brother, I was interested to read this book and get more insight into China and its cuisine. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was fascinated to follow her as she recounted her development of tastes for Chinese food and skill in cooking it. As a newcomer to Chinese food, I learned a great deal and found the book quite thought provoking. It is certainly a book that one can enjoy more than once and I liked the inclusion of some recipes. I would definitely recommend it.