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China to Chinatown Chinese Food in the West

ISBN-10: 1861892276

ISBN-13: 9781861892270

Edition: 2004

Authors: J. A. G. Roberts

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China to Chinatown tells the story of one of the most notable examples of the globalization of food: the spread of Chinese recipes, ingredients and cooking styles to the Western world. Beginning with the accounts of Marco Polo and Franciscan missionaries, J.A.G. Roberts describes how Westerners’ first impressions of Chinese food were decidedly mixed, with many regarding Chinese eating habits as repugnant. Chinese food was brought back to the West merely as a curiosity.The Western encounter with a wider variety of Chinese cuisine dates from the first half of the 20th century, when Chinese food spread to the West with emigrant communities. The author shows how Chinese cooking has come to be regarded by some as among the world’s most sophisticated cuisines, and yet is harshly criticized by others, for example on the grounds that its preparation involves cruelty to animals.Roberts discusses the extent to which Chinese food, as a facet of Chinese culture overseas, has remained differentiated, and questions whether its ethnic identity is dissolving. Written in a lively style, the book will appeal to food historians and specialists in Chinese culture, as well as to readers interested in Chinese cuisine.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 7/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

J.A.G. Roberts is a lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Huddersfield, and is author of <em China Through Western Eyes</em (3 vols, 1991–6) and <em A History of China</em (1999).

Acknowledgements
Introduction
West to East
Chinese Food
The Western Discovery of Chinese Food
Nineteenth-century Reactions to Chinese Food
1900-49: Western Impressions of Chinese Food in China
Westerners and Food in Communist China
East to West
The Globalization of Chinese Food--the Early Stages
The Globalization of Chinese Food since 1945
On the Globalization of Chinese Food
References
Selected Further Reading
Index