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Physics professor Zee writes about how to understand the menus in Chinese restaurants, explaining the characters, what they mean, and the colorful stories behind the names of various dishes. Anne Tyler (in the Washington Post) called Swallowing Clouds "a study of the very nature of Chinese culture. Zee has a quirky, personal style that draws the reader in."
Replaces ISBN 9780295981918
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Edition description:||second edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
A. Zee is professor of theoretical physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics and An Old Man’s Toy: Gravity at Work and Play in Einstein’s Universe.
Table of Contents
PrefaceTime LineA Word about PronunciationIntroduction
Beijing Men Built a FireSlicing through Water
Interlude 1: Phonetics, or Why Some Characters Look Horribly Complicated
Sleep of the Truly InebriatedSwallowing CloudsChinese Pigs Stand
Interlude 2: The Appalling Ignorance of Some Scribes
A Delicacy for Aging MenNo Contest between Fish and a Bear with Eight LegsCourtesans Do Not Eat Crabs
Interlude 3: To All You Carnivores
The Sweet Fragrance of Crops RipeningHow to Avoid Being VulgarThe Pockmarked Woman and the Pearly Empress
Interlude 4: Words Are Like Our Children
Buddha Jumping over WallsAct without Acting, Taste without Tasting
Interlude 5: Like Eating Potato Chips
The Sublime Faith in IllusionsPieces of Her HeartElixirs and the Food of HealthFrom Banquets to Voyages of Discovery
Epilogue: All Banquets Must Come to an End
Afterword by Linda Rui Feng
Appendix A. How to Exercise Your Arm and Throat while DrinkingAppendix B. A Few RecipesNotesBibliographyTable of DynastiesTable of Some Common Radicals Used in this BookTable of Characters and Radicals Cited by ChapterAcknowledgmentsA Final Note
What People are Saying About This
A delightful and rewarding book for anybody.... For the even mildly curious, Swallowing Clouds is almost essential foreplay, not just to one but to a lifetime of good Chinese meals.