Rebecca's Reviews > Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China

Serve the People by Jen Lin-Liu
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Jan 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: yum, read2010, biography-memoir, china
Read in January, 2010

Super fun and fascinating cultural-history/foodie-memoir. Come for the food, stay for the intimate tour of modern China and the human drama. Lin-Liu, in addition to eating (well, usually while eating), does a lot of thinking about her insider-outsider identity and befriends seasoned cooks, wise teachers, bright-eyed waitresses, and a cast of extras from every walk of life. Juggling all these elements and indulging in researchy asides (MSG, regional cuisines) makes for a slightly uneven read, but that only makes me more tempted to call this book the Chinese "Heat."

(Bonus: When you finish the book you can aww over the happy ending, complete with pictures of Chairman Wang and Chef Zhang!)

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