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The inclusion of recipies for a meal based on the specific topic enhances a resource which includes plenty of cultural and social information.
This book is a boon for serious students….The depth and breadth of the authors knowledge is indisputable….[p]rovides the first formal discussion about the role of food in Chinese divinity, and the book continues to provide fascinating and little-known tidbits….Dr. Newman puts the kibosh on what Westerner's often describe as the inscrutability of Chinese food ways, answering questions like why its OK to slurp soup, arrive late to the dim sum table, but never to a banquet. She knows more about Chinese food than anyone I've ever encountered, and her book lays it on the line in a precise and intriguing manner. I don't know if Chinese people eat them, but I do know that this precious new resource is the bee's knees.
Flavor & Fortune
There are many facts rarely recorded in other works and the chapter on Special Occasions is particularly interesting…. Books such as this add another dimension to the enjoyment of the foods of other cultures.
"…these books provide a wealth of information that would be ideal for travelers interested in the food cultures of their Asian destinations; 'foodies' in any country who desire greater background knowledge of these three ethnic cuisines; high schoolers working on food-related projects; or students in introductory college-level area studies, anthropology, or geography courses who are curious as to how history, the physical environment, agriculture, technology, religion, conceptions of health and nutrition, and other circumstances have affected and continue to affect the food cultures in three
key Asian countries: China, India, and Japan."
Southeast Review of Asian Studies