Apron Strings

Apron Strings

Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China

Book - 2017
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Shortlisted, 2018 Taste Canada Awards

Shortlisted, 2018 Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Longlisted, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize

Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting -- and occasionally clashing -- over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane Editions, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780864929617
Branch Call Number: 394.12 Won
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 23 cm


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When Jan Wong decides to bring her 22 year old son on a journey to three countries to learn about their home cooking, it becomes a culinary adventure with everything in it: family, food, and culture.

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