The Emperor's Feast : A History of China in Twelve Meals by Jonathan Clements
From the humble takeaway to the high-end restaurants of a big-city Chinatown, Chinese food can be found everywhere in the world. But the meals on offer merely scratch the surface of a rich and diverse culinary tradition that stretches over 5,000 years of history and over several continents. In The Emperor's Feast, author and presenter Jonathan Clements serves up the history of China not according to emperors or battles, but according to its food and drink.
This unique history takes us from the rudimentary grain stews of the Bronze Age to the globalised restaurants of the 21st century, revealing how developments in politics, culture and technology created the ingredients, dishes and eating habits that define Chinese food today. We see the influence of invaders such as the Mongols and the Manchus, and discover how food - like the fiery cuisine of Sichuan or the hardy dishes of the north - often became a stand-in for regional and national identities. We also follow Chinese flavours to t