At the Chinese Table: A Memoir with Recipes by Carolyn Phillips

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  • ISBN 10 132400245X
  • ISBN 13 9781324002451
  • Published Jun 15 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher W. W. Norton

Publishers Text

Part memoir of life in Taiwan, part love story? a beautifully told account of China’s brilliant cuisines . . . with recipes.

“Lucky for me, Taipei was in the midst of transforming itself into a food lover’s paradise at the exact time I appeared on the scene.” So begins Carolyn Phillips’s journey as a language student in 1970s Taiwan that culminated with her becoming a traditional Chinese family’s eldest daughter- in- law.

Through beguiling stories that stretch across four decades, she recalls how she fell in love with a man who seduced her with everything from simple homestyle meals to haute cuisine, from crabs stir-fried with clouds of scrambled eggs to lush braises that enticed and bewildered. As their relationship deepened and her language skills grew, she evolved into a cook who wrestled a pig’s head into dinner, learned Hakka dishes from her reticent father-in-law, and, finally, wrote an award-winning cook-book. At the Chinese Table is a culinary adventure studded with stunning line drawings and twenty-two recipes that celebrate a lifetime filled with extraordinary meals.

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