What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings

What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings edited by John Lorinc is a delightful anthology that explores the diverse world of dumplings through a cultural lens. From the humble yet beloved comfort food to the culinary artistry that spans continents, this collection of essays, stories, and recipes offers a rich tapestry of flavors, traditions, and personal anecdotes.

Lorinc masterfully curates a compilation that transcends the culinary aspect of dumplings. Each piece within this anthology delves into the cultural significance, historical context, and personal connections people have with these delectable pockets of goodness. The book seamlessly weaves together narratives from various contributors, creating a mosaic that celebrates the universal appeal of dumplings while showcasing their unique regional variations.

A group of dumplings in a basket

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What makes this anthology particularly engaging is its ability to blend storytelling with recipes. Readers are not only treated to vivid descriptions and anecdotes about the cultural importance of dumplings but also provided with detailed recipes that allow them to recreate these dishes in their own kitchens. The mix of personal stories, culinary expertise, and cultural insights ensures that What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings is both an educational and mouthwatering read.

Samsa or samosas with meat and vegetables on wooden table.

The diversity of perspectives offered in this book is another highlight. From Jamaican patty to Polish pierogi, and Chinese wontons to Latin American empanadas, the anthology covers a wide array of dumpling types from different corners of the globe. This diverse representation not only showcases the culinary versatility of dumplings but also emphasizes their role as a unifying food that transcends geographical boundaries.

Since it’s Orthodox Christmas this week, I thought perogies would be a great addition to your celebratory table. Julie Van Rosendaal chats about these morsels of goodness in this book along with a summer recipe using fresh fruit when they’re in abundance. For a cold winter day, you’ll want to try the more common savoury rendition with Nettie’s Perogies in our Recipe section. Thanks Nettie and Julie! https://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/recipes/netties-perogies/ 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings doesn’t just stop at recipes and anecdotes; it provides a deeper understanding of the social and familial contexts in which dumplings are prepared and enjoyed. It beautifully illustrates how these dishes are often a centerpiece of family gatherings, cultural celebrations, and nostalgic moments, fostering a sense of community and connection. Purchase a copy of the book at https://chbooks.com/Books/W/What-We-Talk-About-When-We-Talk-About-Dumplings or go to our Giveaway section and win this insightful book!

Contents and images used with permission by Coach House Books. https://chbooks.com/Books/W/What-We-Talk-About-When-We-Talk-About-Dumplings