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HI! Print Softcover paperback copies of
I Ate Tiong
Bahru are available
http://booksactually.bigcartel.com/product/i-ate-tiong-bahru-by-stephen-blackThere is a sample from each chapter following the reviews and the "listicle".
Unlike anything else I've read... funny quirks yet balances the political undertone perfectly. The book involves history,humor, culture and most importantly, food (or rather, taste).
-Barrett Books (@Thea_Books)
Stephen Black's musings of Singapore's most famous neighborhood are at oncewhimsical, nostalgic and humorous. From stories about local delicacies to "Soymilk Blues" (sung to Johnny Cash's famous song), I Ate Tiong Bahru is a must-read for gourmets, architects, historians and just about anyone who wishes to learn moreabout this evolving neighborhood.
5 star review on Amazon
... skillfully merges anecdotes, historical research and loving explorations of food (as the title suggests), into fascinating morsels of local insight. He plays on hisinsider/outsider status to build a paean to his adopted home. His constant references to his choice of coffee - the local kopi c kosong brew - suggests that hesees himself as more insider than latte-drinking expat outsider.This is a super little book - it really is very little - that's both fascinating and inspiring.Snippets of information, snapshots of daily life - and a tip on where to find the best pineapple tarts, of which I am especially fond. They should give it to newly-arriving expats as they get off the plane.I enjoyed it and wished we had such homages to other neighbourhoods with suchresearch and passion.
Goodreads reviews, average 4.25 stars rating
... the anecdotal tales you have recorded jump back at me through time. It is a rareoccasion when I get the opportunity to meet someone who is so dedicated to writing up the heritage of the area with stories from the street.
-Donald Wyatt - resident of Tiong Bahru since January 1942
... reads like a travelogue, a personal story and a history book... a pleasure to read.
Me and the CNN Famous Food Guy (Eight thoughts)
It was about sharing. (Yeah, call me “hippy-dippy”.) I had a two-tiered,lacquered Chinese basket containing four items: A, B, C and K.