If you have any interest at all in the history of noodles, then this book should fit your fancy. We American’s are well acquainted with spaghetti and Ramen, but Jen takes us on a wild ride to the distant lands of China and Rome to discover what exactly a noodle is, and how it has shaped the way we eat. Her writing is, in a word, delicious. My mouth watered at times as she described carb laden meals that centered on noodles and savory sauces. I also learned that the kebob isn’t traditionally food on a stick.
Even though this book held a lot of facts, figures, and history, it was not boring and overly educational. Rather, it was a fun and entertaining read that was light and witty. I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and I hope she writes fiction someday–she has the potential to write some wonderful stories that don’t come from her own experiences entirely. One thing that I wasn’t expecting from this book was the point Jen made about her heritage, and trying to track down her roots. At times it seemed that she was a bit frustrated that she couldn’t “identify herself” as just one race or ethnicity, but in the end I felt like she might have found some peace despite her struggles. If you are even mildly interested in food and where it originated, give this book a try. It was such a fun non-fiction book.
Profanity/Language: 5 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity.
Violence/Gore: A massacre is mentioned, with no detail; animals are briefly described to be slaughtered, blood is mentioned.
Sex/Nudity: One brief sexual reference; adults embrace; an affair is mentioned.
Mature Subject Matter:
Married life, identity.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink frequently.