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Discovering the Soulfood of Nomads at the Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden

9780520273283On April 28, Sunday, at 2 pm, at Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Chinese Garden in Vancouver, Linda Lau Anusasananan, author of The Hakka Cookbook, Chinese Soul Food from around the World, will share her book that traces the diverse cuisine of the Chinese nomads known as the Hakka. This former Sunset Magazine food writer will discuss her journey to discover her Hakka identity through food. Beginning in her grandmother’s kitchen in California, Anusasananan travels to her family’s home in China, and from there fans out to embrace Hakka cooking across the globe—including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Peru, and beyond.

This book likens Hakka cooking to a nomadic type of “soul food,” or a hearty cooking tradition that responds to a shared history of hardship and oppression. Earthy, honest, and robust, it reflects the diversity of the estimated 75 million Hakka living in China and greater Asia, and in scattered communities around the world—yet still retains a core flavor and technique.

The book was awarded “Best Chinese Cuisine Cookbook or the World 2012” by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. It was also included in “best cookbooks of 2012” lists for Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Associated Press, and Toronto Globe and Mail.

Details: The Hakka Cookbook at The Hall of a Hundred Rivers inside Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver BC V6B 5K2   April 28, Sunday, 2:00  to 4:00 pm. Free entrance to this book event, off Carrall Street, through door 28. Doors open at 1:50 pm. Book sales and signing follow. To visit garden, buy admission ticket at main gate.