"I have never read such a vivid account of what it was like to grow up during the Cultural Revolution in China, especially for a young artist." —Peter Gabriel, musician
"A hymn to the Chinese way of thinking and feeling about food, while the story of Guo’s development as a musician, his family relations and the history of China are woven artfully into the narrative." —The Daily Telegraph
"Full of charm and delight . . . His world is vivid with colours, tastes, smells and sounds." —Financial Times
"Can be read not only as a childhood memoir, or an intimate snapshot of an extraordinary period in China’s history, but as a story with food as a vehicle for freedom. It is the food and sense of community unification it creates in desperate times that stands out." —Brisbane Courier Mail
About the Author
Guo Yue is a renowned virtuoso of the Chinese bamboo flute and Chinese free reed pipe. He has worked with such artists as Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor, and Hothouse Flowers and can be heard on such film soundtracks as The Killing Fields and The Last Emperor. He and his wife Clare Farrow also cowrote the children's book Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing.