Jen Lin-Liu, the author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China, will be speaking at 7pm on September 23, at Olsson's Books in Dupont Circle. I'm currently addicted to "food stories" and this looks like a great read.
From Olsson's website "As a freelance journalist and food writer living in Beijing, Jen
Lin-Liu already had a ringside seat for China's exploding food scene.
When she decided to enroll in a local cooking school—held in an
unheated classroom with nary a measuring cup in sight—she jumped into
the ring herself. In Serve the People, Lin-Liu gives a memorable and
mouthwatering cook's tour of today's China as she progresses from
cooking student to noodle-stall and dumpling-house apprentice to intern
at a chic Shanghai restaurant. A food critic for Time Out Beijing and the coauthor of Frommer's Beijing, she also has written for Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Food & Wine. She is the founder of Black Sesame Cooking School in Beijing."