This is a good book in terms of thoughts provoking despite of some typing mistakes (probably the responsibilities of the publisher and editors).
As a Chinese born and grew up in China (then lived in different countries in the last ten years), i have been taking it for granted that a meal (lunch and dinner) without green leafy vegetables is incomplete. Living in the west, i only have had cravings for the many Chinese greens cooked the Chinese way!
Lorraine Clissold has touched the soul of the Chinese food culture nobody else has done, especially about the importance of the satisfaction of five senses of tastes, the liquid food (paticularly porridge), the body's climate, and making an occasion of meals. Before reading this book, i never quite understood why it has not been easy for us Chinese (those brought up in traditional Chinese food culture) to develop cravings for 'overly sweet flavours of modern confectionary' as mentioned in the book.
Unfortunately, the culture in general and food culture in China have been threathened and partly disappearing. But as an individual, i have been trying to do what i can: writing extensively both in English and Chinese about natural way of living, organic products, nutrition and health, and environmental issues etc.. i will definitely recommend this book to the expatriate (organic) community in Beijing and to my country people as well since it has a lot more to offer!