Book tour in China – March 2009

I’ll be speaking at various events in China next month as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival. One of the highlights will be a lunch at one of my favourite Chengdu restaurants, Yu’s Family Kitchen (there is a chapter about Chef Yu Bo and his cooking in Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper). Click on the links for each city for more information.

These are my plans so far:


Friday 6th March 7:30pm Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, talk

Saturday 7th March 1pm Talk over a sumptuous lunch at my friend Yu Bo’s restaurant, yu jia chu fang


Sunday 9th March 7.30pm: Savoring Sichuan, talk

Tuesday 11th March 8pm: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A discussion on memoir writing with Fuchsia Dunlop and MC Marika de Vienne


Friday 13th March 12.30pm: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, talk

Saturday 14th March 2pm (at The Yin Yang Centre): Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, talk

Yu Bo's vegetarian appetisers, 2004

7 Responses to “Book tour in China – March 2009”

  1. kattebelletje

    Not May but March I think… Those appetizers look so great! What are the dark green thingies on the bottom left?

  2. admin

    Thanks for pointing that out!

    I think the dark green things were Chinese flowering chives wound up into ‘sillk bobbins’. One of the amazing things about that selection is that each little dish has food in a different shape, and with a different flavour. The photograph was taken at the Culinary Institute of America Worlds of Flavour conference in 2004 – I went there with Yu Bo and two other Sichuanese chefs, and we did several presentations together.

    Posting this message from Shanghai – flew in this morning!

  3. richa

    I am sipping one of Xiaoming tea’s and thinking of you wandering around some bicycle clogged back street taking in the sights and sounds, smells and tastes. Have a great time and can you tell me if I can get that tea that chinese seem to drink all day in chinatown.– it look like little white and yellow flowers floating in the water. What should I ask for??

  4. admin


    It’s jasmine blossom tea – but don’t buy it in Chinatown! The tea they generally sell in Chinese supermarkets is a shadow of what tea can be.

    Best to get it from Alex Fraser at East Teas

    or Tim d’Offay at Postcard Teas

    or Teasmith

    or The Rare Tea Company

    or Jing Tea

    Alex has a stall at Borough Market where I always run into incredibly interesting people, the Postcard Teas HQ (just off Oxford Street) is one of the most restorative places in the West End, and Teasmith in Spitalfields Old Market is also wonderfully relaxing – a great place to chat.

    See you soonish


  5. Aaron

    I’m really sorry I didn’t check this site sooner to catch the talks in Suzhou, and it’s too bad you don’t have an event scheduled in Shanghai. I hope you have an event here in the near future, or even better create a book on Shanghainese cuisine.

  6. admin

    Thanks Aaron!
    In fact I’ve been talking to M on the Bund about doing a talk there sometime later in the Spring… Watch this blog for more information.


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