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‘Have You Eaten Yet?’ is a fantastic way to explore Chinese culture through food

“There’s a very intimate, close relationship between the Chinese and their food,” said author, filmmaker, and documentarian Cheuk Kwan. “It’s a fantastic way to explore Chinese culture through restaurants.”  His book, Have You Eaten Yet?...

Bite-sized anthology features musings on the global love of the dumpling

According to What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings, “If the world’s cuisines share one common food, it might be the dumpling, a dish that can be found on every continent and...

Modern and traditional Asian treats made easy

Like a warm bake from the oven, Kat Lieu’s Modern Asian Baking at Home envelopes you with its conversational just-between-the-two-of-us congenial approach.  You can almost see her ‘wink’ as she introduces the book by...

Cookbook features an outstanding bounty of Chinese baked good recipes

Since the Western Zhou period (1045-771 BC) Chinese pastries and treats have been part of the banquets enjoyed by emperors and their nobles, which later expanded beyond the palaces during the Tang dynasty into tea houses...

Chef Chris Cheung shows how to make “Damn Good Chinese Food”

Leading off with a profanity, Damn Good Chinese Food, is an atypical ploy for the title of a Chinese cookbook.  It grabbed my attention, however.  As did its page one inscription: “. . ....

The Wok is a cookbook tribute to the most versatile pan in the kitchen

And in this corner, weighing in at a hulking five pounds -- The Wok: Recipes and Techniques by J. Kenji López-Alt.   When his mammoth cookbook arrived, it required a massive effort to extricate...

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

Mayukh Sen is not your run-of-the-mill cooking book author. Nor is his Taste Makers a typical subject for a text on the topic. Sen got his start in food writing in 2017 at Food52, a...

“Gastro Obscura” scratches the itch, feeds the need and quenches the thirst

A book titled Gastro Obscura is certain to raise eyebrows. It did mine. To add to the intrigue, its subtitle, A Food Adventurer’s Guide, was the ultimate lure.  I am not the most adventurous...

Wajahat Ali’s “Go Back to Where You Came From” is a primal scream and...

Anyone who has never been a target of racism in the U.S. of A. has lived a privileged life. For Census citizens (classed as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian,...

The largest crowdfunded book in the UK, “TO:KY:OO”, captures the beauty of Japan’s capital...

Award-winning art director, graphic designer, game developer and photographer, currently based in Japan, Liam Wong is not your typical book author.  Of mixed-race Scottish-Chinese heritage, he was born in 1987 and raised in Scotland....