Lion's Head, Four Happiness - By Xiaomei Martell

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Lion's Head, Four Happiness

A Little Sister's Story of Growing up in China

Written by: Xiaomei Martell
Category: Non Fiction, Biography

Book Details:

ISBN 10: 0099532093
ISBN 13: 9780099532095
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: United Kingdom, April 2nd, 2009
Language: English

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Xiaomei Martell was born on the borders of the Mongolian steppes just two years before Mao launched the Cultural Revolution that was to change China forever. The youngest of four daughters - her name translates as 'Little Sister' - her family had few material goods and, following the untimely death of her father, none of the vital connections needed to safeguard their futures, yet despite this her family and neighbours raised her with a thirst for knowledge and a love of food, ranging from the 'lion's head' meatballs her Uncle Deng cooked to the 'phoenix feet' that apparently cured wrinkles, by way of hundred-year-old eggs.Full of quirky facts - did you know that the Chinese say 'aubergine' when their photo is taken? - and fascinating episodes like the 'Small New Year', a prelude to the official New Year where houses are spring cleaned and offerings are made to the Heavenly God of Cooking, this is a unique and engaging account of a culture and cuisine that is a world away from the China we know today. Author Biography Xiaomei Martell was born in 1964 in Inner Mongolia, one of China's most remote regions, and spent her formative years there during the Cultural Revolution. After winning a coveted university place at the age of fifteen, she studied first English and then art in Beijing where she also worked after graduation, teaching English, acting as a travel guide and working for art galleries. She came to England in the late 1980s to pursue her studies and has lived in England ever since. Read more

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