On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta

Jen Lin-Liu

A nutrition author travels the Silk highway, immersing herself in a transportable ceremonial dinner of meals and cultures and getting to know a few brilliant truths approximately dedication, independence, and love.

As a newlywed touring in Italy, Jen Lin-Liu was once struck through culinary echoes of the food she ate and cooked again in China, the place she’d lived for greater than a decade. Who particularly invented the noodle? she questioned, like many sooner than her. but in addition: How had foodstuff and tradition moved alongside the Silk street, the traditional exchange direction linking Asia to Europe—and what might nonetheless be felt of these long-ago migrations? along with her new husband’s blessing, she got down to notice the connections, either old and private, consuming a direction via western China and on into primary Asia, Iran, Turkey, and around the Mediterranean.

The trip takes Lin-Liu into the non-public kitchens the place the headscarves come off and girls not just knead and simmer but in addition confess and confide. the skinny rounds of dough full of meat which are dumplings in Beijing evolve into manti in Turkey—their tiny measurement the degree of a bride’s worth—and finish as tortellini in Italy. And as she stirs and samples, hearing the ladies discuss their lives and longings, Lin-Liu profits a brand new appreciation of her personal marriage, studying to delight in the wonder of affection freely selected.

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