Musings of A Chinese Gourmet
This book was written close to the end of the 20th century. This is when the communists occupied the whole of the China mainland. Matters began to change on a whole way of life; meaning the urbane, bourgeois, sophisticated life of China's old elite. The Communists despised the effete culture of the old Mandarin class, they also saw it as a serious threat to their in the New China.
There was corruption, arrogance, waste, decadence and sloth in the world of the Mandarins of old China and their successors, the Nationalist elite of
the early 20th century in their Western suits and cheongsams,
there was also much of value, including a food and alcohol culture that over centuries and even thousands of years had been refined to the most extraordinary detail. Food was not just a necessary activity to stay alive, it should have also been an integral part of the culture. Food firmly holds its place in this thriving culture.