Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai by Nina Mingya Powles

I devoured this delicious morsel of a book like a glutton in two hours flat. In a mere 85 pages, Nina Mingya Powles brilliantly explores her mixed racial identity and in crafting an expert travelogue about the pulsing city of Shanghai. Above all, there’s food. There are so many mouth-watering descriptions of dumplings guotie and shengjianbao; zhima bing (sesame pancakes); zongzi, mooncakes and so on, that they made me want to take a seat in one of the tiny mom-and-pop operations studded across the city. Brilliant. Eat it in tiny morsels or stuff your face. I sanction both methods wholeheartedly.

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