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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.
This is a very interesting book. The author explores the history of food as it pertains to China, Italy, and all points in between.
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Jen Lin-Liu shows off a clever wit and inteligent writing style with her new book On the Noodle Road. The author mixes travelog about food with memoir about life. The result is an easy to follow, very enjoyable book.
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