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Music, Food And Love: A memoir [Paperback]

Guo Yue , Clare Farrow
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9 Oct 2008
Music, Food and Love conveys the vivid experiences of a boy with a passion for music and cooking who grew up in Beijing before and during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. For him, music and food are equally important. The youngest of six children, Guo Yue recalls his childhood at the heart of a close-knit family of musicians living beside a Beijing alley. He draws the reader into a world where music is everywhere - even in the rhythmic chopping sounds of the kitchen. We follow Yue as he explores Beijing, watching others and learning through imitation, until he finally leaves for the West. This beautifully-written and evocative memoir highlights how, despite poverty and repressed times, cooking family dishes was a life-affirming experience, symbolising freedom of expression. He shares with readers a few delicious traditional recipes which have been passed on in his family and among friends. These are based on a few simple ingredients, a natural approach to taste, colour and texture, and an innate love of good food.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749929340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749929343
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magical (Peter Gabriel)

MUSIC, FOOD and LOVE is a hy, to the Chinese way of thinking and feeling about food. (Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph)

MUSIC, FOOD and LOVE is full of charm and delight. His world is vivid with colours, tastes, smells and sounds.' Philippa Davenport, Financial Times

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A delightful memoir with recipes.

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When I was a child in the 1960s, growing up in the overcrowded hutongs, the maze of alleys and courtyards in the north-east of Beijing, people would always greet their friends and neighbours with the words 'Che fan le ma?' (Have you eaten?). Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle memoir 17 Mar 2006
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"Music, Food and Love" is a beautifully written and charming portrayal of the spirit of a boy expressing himself through music and food during troubled times.
This enjoyable and original book invites us into the overcrowded alley-ways and courtyards of Beijing where we share in the rich and warmly textured layers of family life, amid the chaos and confusion of the Cultural Revolution.
It is a delightful cameo of film-like image, tastes and sounds, painted in words which can be universally appreciated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a delightful memoir 19 Dec 2012
This is an inspiring book which brims with passion and energy but at the same time is a soothing and pleasant read.

I think it would make a beautiful gift for anyone interested in China and cookery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Used and loved 10 Oct 2010
By JudiH
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The book arrived looking as if it had been around the kitchen, in good condition but used and loved. A great book which looks at the interesting life of flautist and musician Guo Yue - we had seen him at WOMAD a few years ago, playing music, telling stories about jade and also cooking, so when I heard about the book I decided I had to have it. This copy was a proof, with a few pictures missing and a couple of errors, but it made it all the more interesting. I've finished the story part, now I'm going to try the recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for visitors to China ! 19 April 2008
An enchanting book which evokes in a very captivating way some aspects of that vast diverse and mysterious entity that is China and which is currently so very much in the headlines globally - a personal memoir
that is well worth reading as Guo Yue born in 1958 vividly recalls the smells and tastes and sights and sounds and feelings of growing up in China .
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