Creating for herself the persona of a Japanese noblewoman, she wrote immensely popular romances that drew upon, yet also carefully undercut, the orientalist cliches of her time. It is a gem because it looks at what was common in those days. Chinoiserie was adored earlier by Thomas Jefferson who ordered and used Chinese tea service and planted Chinese vegetables. It was adored by Benjamin Franklin who wrote to Jefferson about things Chinese. It was adored in times when Chinese food was devoured literally and by reading about it and other Asian foods.
New York-based Chang's Korean-based food makes him the one of hottest chefs in the world right now. An inspirational guide to bread-making using wild yeast from the fashion photographer turned master baker. Not for bread-machine owners. A "poet of the appetites" according to John Updike, and this is as literary a cookbook as you'll find, with the added bonus of recipes.