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Events and Praise

Learn about the awards Travels Through Dali has won, read the most recent reviews, and meet author Zhang Mei at one of her upcoming book talks.

Upcoming Events

Books Inc 
August 31st at 7 pm 
Reading, Q&A, Book Signing
Berkeley, California, USA

Visit the Event Website

Awards for Travels through Dali: with a leg of ham

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016
Special Award of the Jury

Reviews of Travels Through Dali: with a leg of ham


"Zhang has found many compelling people to speak, cook and dine with, and the book at twice the length would still capture the imagination. Her own story is also captivating while the cast of characters, the breadth of history and depth of customs and beliefs explored in the book is ambitious."

- Patrick Scally, Go Kunming | Read the full review


"If Zhang is not a writer by trade, then she is a traveller who knows her home province intimately. She is also as food-obsessed as any Chinese girl who grew up in the lean years of the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, when rationing was still widespread. Indeed, Travels Through Dali had its genesis more than 10 years ago as a never-completed cookbook."

David Eimer, South China Morning Post | Read the full review


“I love the idea of a cookbook that manages to engagingly and convincingly combine cooking, travel and culinary culture, and this is what Mei Zhang has managed to do in her first book, capturing wonderful stories and recipes from fascinating characters she encounters on her travels through her native Dali in Yunnan, carrying a leg of ham, and asking each of her characters to show her their own way with it. Brilliant!"

- Anissa Helou, author of Mediterranean Street Food and The Fifth Quarter: An Offal Cookbook 


"Zhang Mei takes the reader on a magical journey through the most beautiful place in China. Written with whimsy and love, Travels is a journey not to be missed."

- John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons and The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom


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