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Chop, fry, watch, learn : Fu Pei-Mei and the making of modern Chinese food  Cover Image Book Book

Chop, fry, watch, learn : Fu Pei-Mei and the making of modern Chinese food / Michelle T. King.


In 1949, a young Chinese housewife arrived in Taiwan and transformed herself from a novice to a natural in the kitchen. She launched a career as a cookbook author and television cooking instructor that would last four decades. Years later, in America, flipping through her mother's copies of Fu Pei-mei's Chinese cookbooks, historian Michelle T. King discovered more than the recipes to meals of her childhood. She found, in Fu's story and in her food, a vivid portal to another time, when a generation of middle-class, female home cooks navigated the tremendous postwar transformations taking place across the world.

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  • ISBN: 9781324021285
  • ISBN: 1324021284
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 304 pages : illustrations (black and white) maps, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-287) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: In the freezer, ready to eat -- Exile and arrival -- Making a home -- Kitchen conversation: the housewife. Squirreled fish on the small screen ; For the sake of foreign readers ; Must a housewife forget herself? -- Kitchen conversations: The working mom. Culinary ambassador to the world ; Dinner in seventeen minutes ; What she put on the table -- Kitchen conversation: the novice. A cookbook in every suitcase. Dishes for a digital age -- Epilogue: Dumplings for all.
Subject: Fu, Peimei.
King, Michelle Tien > Family.
Cooks > Taiwan > Biography.
Women cooks > Taiwan > Biography.
Taiwan > Social life and customs.
Genre: Biographies.

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