Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper
A Sweet-sour Memoir of Eating in ChinaBook - 2008
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"The Han Chinese, they are a greedy race. Look at them, with their Kitchen god, and their shrines, to their god of wealth. They are a greedy race. I ask you, what kind of people worship food and money?"
Ismail, an Uighur.
"What kind of person spends two thousand yuans on a bear's paw?"
Author asked local.
"Oh, you know the rich company bosses and party or government officials."
"Everyone wants to know which country is producing the best food today. Some say Spain; others France, Italy or California. But these places are only competing for the top spot because Mao destroyed the preeminence of Chinese cooking by sending China's chefs to work in the fields and factories. If he hadn't done this all other countries and all the other chefs myself included , would still be chasing the Chinese dragon"
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