Food in Literature


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Food in Literature

Curated by Jiao Tong, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Central University

The Taiwanese saying “First food, then clothing” highlights diet’s importance, acknowledging a simple fact: If we don’t eat, we can’t survive as a species. Another old saw – “People... (Read more)

Works and Authors
Eating
Eating Yuan Jen

“Eating” was published in Yuan Jen’s 1993 essay collection, It’s Not Funny. In addition to his career as a writer, Yuan Jen has also served as a Taiwa... (Read more)

Congee
Congee Liang Shiqiu (Liang Shih-chiu)

“Congee” is taken from Liang Shiqiu’s collection Liang Shiqiu on Eating. In a preface the author mentions that when someone once asked him why he stud... (Read more)

Steamed Turnip Cake
Steamed Turnip Cake Lin Wenyue

Lin Wenyue’s “Steamed Turnip Cake” is part of the writer’s 1999 essay collection, Notes on Food, stories of nineteen different food dishes. The work i... (Read more)

A Mother’s Love Mixed in With the Meat Floss
A Mother’s Love Mixed in With the Meat Floss Lin Taiyi

“A Mother’s Love Mixed in With the Meat Floss” first appeared in Lin Taiyi’s autobiography Second Daughter of the Family (1996), and was later include... (Read more)

Reunion Cake
Reunion Cake Qi Jun (Chi Chun)

Fond reminiscences of mother and family are perpetual themes for writer Qi Jun. Her essay “Reunion Cake” is a recollection of a Mid-Autumn Festival wh... (Read more)

In Gratitude to the Shi Family
In Gratitude to the Shi Family Lu Yaodong

Published in 2000 in the China Times “Human Realm” supplement, “Many Thanks to the Shi Family” is a culinary tour of China’s Suzhou City; the work was... (Read more)

Cocktail Party
Cocktail Party Wu Luqin (Lucian Wu)

Published in 1952, Lucian Wu’s “Cocktail Party” appeared in his essay-collection Cocktail Parties and Other Affairs. Common social gatherings in the W... (Read more)

Lasting Flavor
Lasting Flavor Jiang Xun (Chiang Hsun)

Jiang Xun’s famed essay “Lasting Flavor” is a treatise on the sense of taste. Recording his aesthetic musings in lyrical prose, Jiang Xun believes tha... (Read more)

About Breakfast
About Breakfast Jiao Tong

“About Breakfast” appeared in Jiao Tong’s essay collection Binge Eating Everywhere (2009), the culmination of eighteen years of dining experience. Twe... (Read more)

Tea Love Poem
Tea Love Poem Zhang Cuo (Dominic Cheung)

If I were boiling water And you were leaves of tea Then your fragrance Would depend on my flavorlessness Let your dryness softly, softly Open u... (Read more)

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