Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My life in France... in Chinese

So the oddest thing turned up today. My publisher sent a copy of my book -- in Chinese. The recipes are set in their own type and boxed. Flipping through it, I ran across some random words in English, mostly in footnotes. These phrases, isolated on their own, items such as "Cajun napalm," "cooling rack" and "Soylent Green" make me so curious. How did they explain the concept of nuclear-hot roux to a population that rarely cooks with either butter or white flour?

And then, in the text, there was French. Just as in English. I flipped open to the scene where the chef is explaining the title of the book (shown in the photo above right). It's all kind of surreal. I like the cover, though.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Larry said...

What a totally wild experience that must have been!

March 25, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous pickycook said...

Wow - how cool! I just finished your book and just loved it. Thank you for sharing your story. You make me believe that anything is possible.

Cheers
Kristin

March 26, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
OpenID applecrumbles said...

How interesting. I agree, the cover is very eye catching.

March 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

I like pickycook, just finished your book. I loved it! I so wish I could take the leap you did. Perhaps I will. Thanks for the dreams. :)

March 28, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger just me said...

I hope someday the Chinese will care about me, too.

March 31, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Suzie the Foodie said...

Very cool! It must be completely exotic for them to read about the French style of writing because to them, butter and flour are exotic. Amazing!

I am more than halfway through your book and am totally loving it. I am completely lost in your story and do not want it to end, although for you the end of culinary school might be a bit of a relief.

I am attempting your Pizza Grillée tonight and will hopefully be blogging about it in a couple of days.

You're awesome Kathleen!

April 8, 2009 at 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Guess what? This Chinese version is ranked Top 3 in its category on the most popular online bookseller in Taiwan. (just like the Amazon.com here)

Actually that was how I heard about your book. (I was just browsing the top sellers on that website and found this book.)

It's a great book. Loving it!

April 17, 2009 at 6:59 PM  
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