On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

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ISBN-13: 9781594487262
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jen Lin-Liu is the author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China. She has written about food, culture, and travel for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, and other publications.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga.

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What People are Saying About This

author of River Towns, Oracle Bones, and Country Driving - Peter Hessler

Whether she's attending cooking school in Iran or showing us how to find a Turkish pork speakeasy, Jen Lin-Liu is the perfect guide to all the flavors and fascinations of the Silk Road.

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“Thrilling… While carbo-loading in Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Iran, among many other stops, Lin-Liu serves up insights on these societies—with a focus on women's roles—along with generous helpings of detail and humor. A-.” –Entertainment Weekly

“A wonderful peek into a largely unknown world. And the dozen-plus recipes featured are a bonus… pass the noodles, please.” –USA Today

On The Noodle Road has pretty much everything you could ask for in a food book.” –Bon Appetit

"No matter where she's eating, Lin-Liu captures the dishes she samples mouthwateringly… An intelligent beach read that will set your stomach rumbling." –Los Angeles Times

"[An] ambitious adventure... Lin-Liu serves up several tasty and insightful tidbits along the way." –Chicago Tribune

"The story of her journey is not merely culinary. Without entering the terrain of the sloppily confessional, Lin-Liu worries about how the trip will strain her new marriage, is frank about her ambivalence with her new designation as someone’s “wife,” and, grappling with those anxieties on her trip, she makes not only culinary observations about the places she visits, but cultural ones as well… smart and engaging, with the descriptions of certain dishes so evocative as to be dangerous to read on an empty stomach." –Bust

"No matter how tempted you might be to skip straight to the 20 mouth-­watering recipes included in Jen Lin-Liu’s On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta, don’t; it would be like inhaling dessert first and spoiling an elegant five-course gourmet meal… Flavorful and thoughtful… You’ll be glad you’ve welcomed Lin-Liu into your kitchen." –American Way

"Delightful… This book is not just for foodies or cooks: any and all will enjoy it." –Library Journal (starred review)

"Lin-Liu made a point of invading the kitchens of her hosts and local cooks, and she was amazed at similarities between regional noodle dishes and rustic Italian food; appalled or pleasantly surprised by strange ingredients; and, from yurt to hovel, delighted by the local hospitality. Lin-Liu’s journey is a bold palate-awakening adventure, endearingly rendered." –Publishers Weekly

"A footloose, spontaneous and appetite-whetting journal of culinary adventure." –Kirkus

"Of value to both travelers and gourmets." –Booklist

"A quest for the origins of the noodle becomes a journey from the open-air ovens of Urumqi to the eating clubs of Istanbul. Jen Lin-Liu introduces us to chefs and home cooks who open up their kitchens and their hearts, sharing recipes along with sour-sweet memories of their own lives. On the Noodle Road is a savory exploration of how food crosses cultures and what it brings to us, whether it is sustenance, community, or consolation." –Leslie T. Chang, author of Factory Girls

"Some writers follow the money; Jen Lin-Liu follows the noodle. Whipping up a delicious concoction of a travelogue as she journeys between China and Italy, she proves that food is not only the way to the heart but a way into understanding the psyches of the people doing the cooking and eating." –Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

"I was so riveted by Jen Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road I could hardly put it down. I found it moving, enlightening, and funny, offering insight into contemporary life infused with a social history of food. Joyful and thoroughly entertaining." –Ken Hom, chef, author, and BBC-TV presenter

"Whether she’s attending cooking school in Iran or showing us how to find a Turkish pork speakeasy, Jen Lin-Liu is the perfect guide to all the flavors and fascinations of the Silk Road." –Peter Hessler, author of River Towns, Oracle Bones, and Country Driving

chef, author, and BBC-TV presenter - Ken Hom

I was so riveted by Jen Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road I could hardly put it down. I found it moving, enlightening and funny, offering insight into contemporary life infused with a social history of food. Joyful and thoroughly entertaining.

author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

Some writers follow the money; Jen Lin-Liu follows the noodle. Whipping up a delicious concoction of a travelogue as she journeys between China and Italy, she proves that food is not only the way to the heart but a way into understanding the psyches of the people doing the cooking and eating.

Leslie T. Chang

A quest for the origins of the noodle becomes a journey from the open-air ovens of Urumqi to the eating clubs of Istanbul. Jen Lin-Liu introduces us to chefs and home cooks who open up their kitchens and their hearts, sharing recipes along with sour-sweet memories of their own lives. On the Noodle Road is a savory exploration of how food crosses cultures and what it brings to us, whether it is sustenance, community, or consolation. —Leslie T. Chang, author of Factory Girls

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On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
IzzyBIB More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book. The author explores the history of food as it pertains to China, Italy, and all points in between.
VladamirR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read. I truly enjoyed the journey. ~*~LEB~*~
duchenf More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept, pretty good writing, but the author kind of wore on me as she traveled along. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
bookpublicist More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read!