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The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters - James D. McCawley

The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters

Paperback

Published: 1st April 2004
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Lauded by Calvin Trillin as a man who "does not have to make to with translations like 'Shredded Three Kinds' in Chinese restaurants," in The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters, James D. McCawley offers everyone a guide to deciphering the mysteries of Chinese menus and the opportunity to enjoy new eating experiences. An accessible primer as well as a handy reference, this book shows how Chinese characters are written and referred to, both in script and in type. McCawley provides a guide to pronunciation and includes helpful exercises so users can practice ordering. His novel system of arranging the extensive glossary—which ranges from basics such as "rice" and "fish" to exotica like "Buddha Jumps Wall"—enables even the beginner to find characters quickly and surely. He also includes the nonstandard forms of characters that often turn up on menus.

With this guide in hand, English speakers hold the key to a world of tantalizing—and otherwise unavailable—Chinese dishes.

"Unlike some of the rest of us, McCawley can enter a Chinese restaurant secure in the knowledge that his digestion will not be impaired by the frustration of watching Chinese customers enjoy some succulent marvel whose name the management has not bothered to translate. . . . McCawley does not spend half the meal staring at his neighbor's bean curd with that particularly ugly combination of greed and envy so familiar to--well, to some of the rest of us. . . . McCawley endeavors to free the non-Chinese-speaking eater forever from the wretched constriction of the English menu."

Calvin Trillin, "New Yorker"--Calvin Trillin "New Yorker "
Unlike some of the rest of us, McCawley can enter a Chinese restaurant secure in the knowledge that his digestion will not be impaired by the frustration of watching Chinese customers enjoy some succulent marvel whose name the management has not bothered to translate. . . . McCawley does not spend half the meal staring at his neighbor s bean curd with that particularly ugly combination of greed and envy so familiar to well, to some of the rest of us. . . . McCawley endeavors to free the non-Chinese-speaking eater forever from the wretched constriction of the English menu.
Calvin Trillin, "New Yorker"--Calvin Trillin "New Yorker ""

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Some General Remarks about Chinese Characters
How You Slice It
The Basic Stuff
Looking Up Characters
Let's Decipher Some Menus
Now You Do the Deciphering
Dimsam Menus
Restaurant Names
Familiar Characters in Unfamiliar Forms
Writing Out Your Own Order
The Pronunciation of Chinese Mandarin Cantonese
Answers to Excercises
Directions for Finding Characters in the Glossary
Index of Left Halves
Index of Tops
Index of Enclosures
Index of Indivisible
Characters Glossary
Index of English Names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226555928
ISBN-10: 0226555925
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.27 x 13.46  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.29