At the Chinese Table Book Review

At the Chinese Table Book Review

Title: At the Chinese Table: A Memoir with Recipes
Author: Carolyn Phillips
Published: June 15, 2021, W. W. Norton & Company
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $27.95 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Award winning author and expert on Chinese cooking, Carolyn Phillips, who is the author of the hands-down best cookbook of Chinese Cuisine (All Under Heaven), is the author of a fascinating memoir of her time in China, At the Chinese Table: A Memoir with Recipes. This multi-talented author is also the illustrator for this book, and her illustrations are excellent. This memoir includes a few recipes, which are well-worth making at home, but this book isn’t a cookbook.

Phillips is definitely the expert on Chinese Cooking, and this book gives some insight on how she became so good and knowledgeable on the subject. Her experiences are interesting, and her talent has made it possible for her to document it with an excellent writing style that will hold the interest of anyone who loves Chinese food and all things Chinese. This is a book that is suitable for curling up in a warm corner and reading cover to cover. While there are only a few recipes, readers will be fascinated and want pick up Phillips’ excellent cookbook All Under Heaven. Readers who have an interest in all things Chinese will want both.

It’s always fun to learn about other cultures, and with so much in the news about China, this book has timely significance. There is historical information and other facts that are worth knowing. As well as an interesting story.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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