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At the Chinese Table

A Memoir with Recipes

by Carolyn Phillips

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At the Chinese Table by Carolyn Phillips
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    Jun 2021, 304 pages

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Food writer Carolyn Phillips recalls studying abroad in Taiwan in the 1970s in this combination memoir and authentic Chinese food cookbook.

Carolyn Phillips' memoir/cookbook At the Chinese Table was a culinary delight for our First Impressions readers, who rated the book 4.4 out of 5 stars.

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This riveting memoir of the author's lasting love affair with China — with its history, culture, cuisines and with the man who eventually became her husband — is the liveliest portrait I've ever read. Carolyn Phillips went to Taipei straight out of college to learn Mandarin; over 40 years later, she shares her journey of becoming the first writer in English to introduce all 35 of China's cuisines to a Western audience (in her 2016 cookbook All Under Heaven), a consequence of her effort to become a part of her boyfriend's family, to win their acceptance by cooking their favorite foods. Through their stories, with humor, grace and a straightforward style, Phillips weaves in Chinese and Taiwanese history ...

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