On the Noodle Road

On the Noodle Road

[from Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta]

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2013
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Feasting her way through an Italian honeymoon, Jen Lin-Liu was struck by culinary echoes of the delicacies she ate and cooked back in China, where she'd lived for more than a decade. Who really invented the noodle? she wondered, like many before her. But also: How had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe--and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations? With her new husband's blessing, she set out to discover the connections, both historical and personal, eating a path through western China and on into Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean.

The journey takes Lin-Liu into the private kitchens where the headscarves come off and women not only knead and simmer but also confess and confide. The thin rounds of dough stuffed with meat that are dumplings in Beijing evolve into manti in Turkey--their tiny size the measure of a bride's worth--and end as tortellini in Italy. And as she stirs and samples, listening to the women talk about their lives and longings, Lin-Liu gains a new appreciation of her own marriage, learning to savor the sweetness of love freely chosen.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, p2013
ISBN: 9781452665603
Branch Call Number: TB 641.822 LIN NVD
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Marlo, Coleen
Tantor Media


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Dec 08, 2017

The final disc 10 was all scratched up so I did not find the truth of the noodle origin. I did enjoy the travel destinations ; understanding why the northern Chinese eat noodles and the south not, that many cultures involved in the silk merchant road colluded in the noodle past and present cultural foods even in the middle east countries. This is a story for those that enjoy food not only the taste, appearance, the time and love of each meal that is the take back.

I take 5 noodle dishes to cheer this book: see if you can identify 5 country noodle dishes

Jan 16, 2015

Oh my, this one is not good. Not good at all. If you look up "boring" in the dictionary, you'll see the cover of this book. It sounded from the description like it would be an interesting sort of travel-log focusing on local cuisine of the silk road region; after giving it a chance, listening to the first 3 CD's, I discovered it's not that at all. Instead it's about Ms. Lin-Liu's self-focused -- i.e. selfish -- obsessions. I gave up 15 minutes into disc 4. Unless you find particular interest in how Ms. Lin-Liu deals with diarrhea from a poorly prepared meal, best to skip this one. Oh my, this one is not good. Not good at all.

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