On honeymoon, a food writer questions how had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe - and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations and discovers some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love.
Feasting her way through an Italian honeymoon, Jen Lin-Liu was struck by culinary echoes of the delicacies she ate and cooked back in China, where she'd lived for more than a decade. Who really invented the noodle? she wondered, like many before her. With her new husband's blessing, she set out along the ancient trading route of the Silk Road to discover the connections, both historical and personal, eating a path through western China and on into Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean.
Her fascinating journey takes Lin-Liu into the private kitchens where the headscarves come off and women not only knead and simmer but also confess and confide. The thin rounds of dough stuffed with meat that are dumplings in Beijing evolve into manti in Turkey - their tiny size the measure of a bride's worth - and end as tortellini in Italy. And as she stirs and tastes, listening to the women talk about their lives and longings, Lin-Liu gains a new appreciation of her own marriage, learning to savour the sweetness of love freely chosen.
About the Author
JEN LIN-LIU was born in California but has lived in China for more than half of her adult life. The founder of Black Sesame Kitchen, a Beijing cooking school, she is the author of a previous book, Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey through China. She has written about food, culture, and travel for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, and others.
'Some writers follow the money; Jen Lin-Liu follows the noodle.' - Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st December 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.53