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Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China Paperback – Sep 12 2017

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (Sept. 12 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864929617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864929617
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jan Wong takes us on a trip through three of the world’s greatest cuisines to learn the secrets of their foods, as well as the civilizations—past and present—that underlies what they eat. From a farm family in France coping with globalization to the stubborn traditions of central Italy and the cultural confusion of today’s China, we meet the families and people behind the dishes—and learn how to make them as well. A wonderful story about Jan’s own efforts to bond with her son, Apron Strings is what we have come to expect from Jan Wong: funny, insightful, and brutally honest." (Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China 2017-01-01)

"Sharp-eyed and intrepid, Jan Wong and her resourceful son Sam investigate at first-hand what happens in three cultures where people are renowned for practising and enjoying great culinary art as normal daily custom. The resulting report, spiced as it is with honesty and wit, lays out for us a rich and thought-provoking spread." (Margaret Visser, author of The Rituals of Dinner 2017-01-01)

"A sharp-minded—and famously sharp-tongued—reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can’t-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers." (Chris Nuttall-Smith Top Chef Canada 2017-01-01)

"For foodies like me, Jan’s book will be irresistible, but the fact is that anyone would love this book. Apron Strings is one of the most appealing, charming, loveable books I’ve read in years." (Stevie Cameron, author of On the Take 2017-01-01)

"A fun and fiesty journey through three great culinary cultures around the world. Jan Wong's keen attention to detail and sense of humour make for a captivating read." (Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road 2017-01-01)

"Maybe the world could use one more culinary memoir, after all. Possibly even more, if they’re all as good as this one." (Christine Sismondo The Toronto Star 2017-09-29)

"Wong’s keen journalistic eye makes for a fascinating, fact-filled journey from farmhouses in Drôme-Provençal to upscale condos in Shanghai." (Jill Wilson The Winnipeg Free Press 2017-11-25)

"Clever, inspirational, and absolutely decadent." (Jessica Raven The Baron 2017-09-28)

"Apron strings may be for foodies, but Jan Wong’s Apron Strings is for everyone." (Uwera Nina Ntanganzwa The Brunswickan 2017-10-17)

"Irresistible in its charm." (Winesworld Magazine 2017-09-14)

About the Author

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.

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