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The Emperor's Feast: 'A tasty portrait of a nation' -Sunday Telegraph

The Emperor's Feast: 'A tasty portrait of a nation' -Sunday Telegraph (Hardback)

By Clements, Jonathan
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From the humble takeaway in the middle of a tiny English village to the embarrassment of riches offered in a big-city Chinatown, Chinese food is everywhere to be found. But the meals on offer merely scratch the surface of a rich and dizzyingly varied culinary tradition, spread ac...ross 5,000 years of history and over the more than thirty provinces and regions that constitute modern China - not to mention the Chinese diaspora communities all across the world. In The Emperor's Feast, author and TV presenter Dr Jonathan Clements invites us into the history of Chinese food, starting with the earliest grain stews and the rudimentary chopsticks of the Bronze Age and taking us through the development of dining etiquette under Confucius, the popularisation of rice and the dawn of the dumpling in the 4th century. We see how Chinese cuisine morphed and adapted to the eating habits of invaders such as the Mongols and the Manchus, and how food - like the heady, fiery cuisine of Sichuan or the hardy wheat-based dishes of the north - often became a stand-in for Chinese regional and national identities. Dr Clements then traces the journey of Chinese food to our modern Chinatowns and takeaways, from the tumultuous early days of the 19th century to the profound impact of the rapid industrialisation and globalisation of post-Mao China on the national diet. As we enter the 21st century with food scandals and a Guinness World Record attempt involving fried rice, The Emperor's Feast shows us that the story of Chinese food is inextricably entwined with the story of China: not only the one that history tells us, but also the one that China tells about itself.
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ISBN 9781529332421
Released NZ 11 May 2021
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781529332421
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint Hodder & Stoughton
Released 11 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Clements, Jonathan
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Category Cultural Studies
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 641.300951
Weight 540g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade