On the Noodle Road

On the Noodle Road

From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta

Book - 2013
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A food writer travels the Silk Road, immersing herself in a moveable feast of foods and cultures and discovering some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love.

Feasting her way through an Italian honeymoon, Jen Lin-Liu was struck by culinary echoes of the delicacies she ate and cooked back in China, where she'd lived for more than a decade. Who really invented the noodle? she wondered, like many before her. But also: How had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe--and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations? With her new husband's blessing, she set out to discover the connections, both historical and personal, eating a path through western China and on into Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean.

The journey takes Lin-Liu into the private kitchens where the headscarves come off and women not only knead and simmer but also confess and confide. The thin rounds of dough stuffed with meat that are dumplings in Beijing evolve into manti in Turkey--their tiny size the measure of a bride's worth--and end as tortellini in Italy. And as she stirs and samples, listening to the women talk about their lives and longings, Lin-Liu gains a new appreciation of her own marriage, learning to savor the sweetness of love freely chosen.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594487262
Branch Call Number: 641.822 LIN
Characteristics: 388 pages :,maps.


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Jul 19, 2017

"Eating a path along the Silk Road:" China through Southwest Asia, and across the Mediterranean... This sounds like a heavenly foodie escape. The author takes a wondrous journey from China to Italy, tasting and cooking and recording recipes, in a quest to discover where noodles came from, and why these artistic and culinary platforms for sauces exist across so many Silk Road cultures; along the way she ruminates on the surprising echoes in sauce tastes and even in food philosophy that follow pasta-philic cuisines.

ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"Where did noodles originate and how did they spread? (Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo had nothing to do with it.) In this "footloose, spontaneous, and appetite-whetting journal of culinary adventure" (Kirkus Reviews), Jen Lin-Liu, a recently married Chinese-American cooking instructor based in Beijing, travels the famed Silk Road in search of answers. Sampling regional dishes in the homes of generous local women in China, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Italy, and other locations, she savours the food and companionship and muses on noodles, love, and what being a wife means to her and to her hosts. Pasta-loving travellers will likely find this scrumptious book, which includes some recipes, mouthwatering." Armchair Travel October 2013 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688525

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