on the noodle road book
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When I last caught up with Jen in Beijing a couple of years ago, she mentioned she was researching a book on noodles and was planning a trip across the silk road to investigate the history and story of noodles. I’m so glad I picked this up at the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. There […]

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I teach an anthropology course to final year students at IFT the hospitality school in Macao and this book is a real gem full of anecdotal stories, more so than hard history facts which gives leeway for making your own conclusions to certain things. Ian Croftan’s Curious History of Food & Drink is a really fun […]

the-search-for-general-tso
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This would have made a great film for the food and culture anthropology class I teach at the hospitality school IFT Macao. Chef Peng, the guy who invented the dish passed away earlier this month, and the documentary digs deep with historians and food writers like Fuchsia Dunlop and Jennifer Lee (who wrote another great […]

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Apart from the gastronomic pilgrimage on our agenda to Restaurant Paul Bocuse, the textile museum was on my to-do list. Since I took up sewing classes this year. The Textile Museum was on the verge of closing down this year as funds were pulled out, I didn’t follow up on the news but it was […]

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore,
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The Macau Taipa library still has no system of filing their books Charles Dickens alongside Slyvia Plath and Dickens… it’s neither time, genre or author based (like most libraries around the world it is filed with a system in alphabetical order of the author’s last name). I picked up the book by chance and based it […]

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   An Art Deco journey through Shanghai’s belle époque for Lonely Planet  Shanghai is home to one of the richest collections of Art Deco architectures in the world. Unlike Miami and New York, some buildings of the Art Deco era in Shanghai combine elements of both Art Deco and “Chinese Deco”, fusing elements of Chinese […]

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I randomly picked The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro off the shelf at the library and ended up staying up all night to finish it because I could not bear to put it aside while the plot was speeding through. The narrative is told in a way where every chapter alternates between present and […]

reims architecture
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Well, when in Reims, drink lots of champagne. Apart from the vineyard visits and eating lots, the central feature in this beautiful town is the Reims cathedral where coronation of all the French kings used to take place from the 9th century. You’re instantly humbled by the towering ceilings that feels higher than most of […]

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One of the best food books I’ve read so far. Full of light weight info and funny anecdotes – did you know that the Madeleines in Proust’s novel was actually toast?? So much history, anthropology and lovely asides from Baxter, and I can’t wait to go back to Paris for a literary tour with him. […]

the table comes first by adam gopnik

I am obsessed with going to the new Macau Taipa library because it has the best reads. If you’re looking for an exciting book on food and France – this is it. I can’t wait to get my hands on “Paris to the Moon” which also has rave reviews. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and […]

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