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Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere

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In our ever-more-globalized world, how better to connect than with food, and who better to connect us than a chowhound communications professor? A.V. Crofts has spent decades eating (and learning) her way around the world. She's studied in China, taught in Italy, and conducted humanitarian communications trainings in war-torn Sudan. Here, she traces a lifetime of meals acr ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Chin Music Press Inc.
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Okay, I hate the author A.V. Crofts.

Not really. It's just my intense jealousy speaking (typing?) for me after finishing Meet Me at the Bamboo Table!

"Meet Me..." is equal parts memoir, travelogue, photography book and food writing. The stories are interesting. The pictures are magnificent. The variety is broad. My feet itch while reading about Crofts' travels and my mouth waters at her descriptions of the food she enco
I received this book as an early reviewer.

I enjoyed parts of A.V. Crofts Meet Me at the Bamboo Table, but it was really more about travel and relationships than food. It jumps around a bit in time which can make it hard to follow at points, wondering if one section happened before or after another. There are lovely bits about relationships among humans, and lovely photos (uncaptioned however), which I may have enjoyed more if I had realized up front that was the book's focus. Instead I was disap
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
While the book itself is aesthetically pleasing, designed well and upbeat, the writing feels forced, clunky and a tad bit awkward at times. It felt like a first draft blog rather than a book. I wanted to like it more than I did.-Two and a half stars.
Autumn Lerner
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that you can pick up, open and take a literary trip essay by essay. While I previously read several of the essays, I decided to virtually travel during the pandemic via Anita’s delicious travel essays. It’s just what my soul needed. It’s a beautiful book in prose and design.
Markéta Bushová
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Magical read!
Susan Wood
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A memoir about food. What's not to like!
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rich bites of food, travel, and life.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe it is because we both love food. Or we both speak several languages. Or we both live in Greater Seattle. Or we both have degrees in Communications. Or we both enjoy world travel. Or we both attended the University of Washington. Or we both make Chinese dumplings. Whatever it is, between author A.V. Crofts and me, it compelled me to enjoy reading her memoir of meals. She correctly understands that a meal such as those she describes is a fusion between geography (location), anthropology (who ...more
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A.V.Crofts live a fantasy lives She travels the world has a great job&best of all seeks out the ethnic food of each country she travels to. She has a true wanderlust a joy for life&a good appetite.This is the perfect read for those who will travel&actor those who travel &eat the worlds delicacies while sitting in our chair. Oh yes there are pictures ...more
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A delightful culinary scrapbook.
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A.V. Crofts is on faculty at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle and Maine.

Ten Things about AVC:
1. I believe it’s all about the communities you create.
2. My laugh fills a room but I am not the life of the party.
3. I am naturally caffeinated.
4. Eating my way through China made me a chowhound.
5. When I write I want the reader to be able to hear me talking.
6. I will never turn down a d

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