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i ate tiong bahru SAMPLER with reviews

i ate tiong bahru SAMPLER with reviews

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The first page or so from each of the stories in I Ate Tiong Bahru. Plus, an encounter with the CNN "food guy." Also, the first batch of reviews.
i ate tiong bahru is now on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9N9VCK and soon will be appearing on itunes, Sony and other channels.
The first page or so from each of the stories in I Ate Tiong Bahru. Plus, an encounter with the CNN "food guy." Also, the first batch of reviews.
i ate tiong bahru is now on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9N9VCK and soon will be appearing on itunes, Sony and other channels.

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Published by: cw on May 26, 2013
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twitter: @bookmerah website: http://www.blacksteps.tv/
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.
- www.breviewer.com
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.
Mr. Bourdain first picked ‘K.’ He was in a good mood, it seemed. K was apackage of 
kueh dar dar 
, from Galicier in Tiong Bahru, the best in the world.
The problem was that I RAN to get the basket and RAN back. The securityofficers interpreted my act of running as something dangerous. Suddenly mylittle amusement was not amusing. “Pick another letter,” I blurted as the thick-armed security guard parked himself between Mr. Bourdain and me.Everyone’s eyes started rolling. The entourage looked antsy. “Another guywho wants something,” everyone said, without saying a word. A guard barked,“You should leave now.” He wore black gloves.
I reached into the basket and gave Mr. Bourdain ‘C’. He and his group walkedaway. It was over in about 30 seconds; I had expected only 10 but, obviously,I was hoping for the full 2 minutes that had been discussed with AB’smanagement.
Earlier in the day, the staff of the World Streetfood Congresshttp://www.wsfcongress.com/told me where Mr. Bourdain was eating. I sawhim enjoying himself as he strolled around after he ate. Should I haveapproached him then? No. I had been told by the Singapore TouristBureau/Makansutra (the organizers) that I would have two minutes with Mr.Bourdain. These two minutes were to be part of a press conference/booksigning…. This was the first book signing I have ever attended where bookswere not on sale. I did not have a book and could not buy one. This meantthat it would be strange to stand in line. I quickly described my situation to Mr.Bourdain’s assistant and things seemed cool…
Back to the basket. ‘A’ was an
ang ku kueh
artwork. The Chinese pastrieswere made by one of Singapore’s most highly regarded
making families.However, these kuehs were artworks; all were shaped like my thumb.
‘B’ was for book, my book entitled
I Ate Tiong Bahru
. I am the publisher. Thesequel is about 70% completed. Mr. Bourdain has his own imprint under Harper-Collins. Bottom line: these books, as well as the others I’ve written, allinvolve food. My four books have intentionally not been marketed. Are theygood? The following was sent to me by author and blogger Carla Bonollohttp://branoalcollo.wordpress.com/. At the time we barely knew each other.(The following is used with permission.)What Carla wrote humbles me; embarrasses me…but it also describes how Iapproach all of my writing.
Dear Steve,....first of all thank you for the gift. Reading "Furikake" was a real pleasure, agreat book! I liked the idea of writing nine stories linked by a different declination of furikake,
like a recipe book full of different ingredients. Your interpretation of Paul Theroux's book was brilliant, the scene with the American friend who burst intotears was very moving, like a mirror game where one can see various fragmentsof oneself.Maybe you know Tiziano Terzani, an Italian journalist who travelled all over theworld, lived in India and Asia, a very interesting figure. He died of cancer someyears ago, but was and still is such an inspirational person, well-informed and sowise that it's always a pleasure listening to his tales.Your book is very intense, it has everything, it's humorous, delicate, sad,euphoric. The idea of using Theroux's subplot like a recurring theme was puregenius, perspective and lack of perspective is a focal issue in any kind of narrative and you know it well. Like you, I've lived on different islands, (Venice,Dublin in Ireland, London), I don't know if this makes us feel less lonely, surely inclined to some kind of nostalgia. And I agree, "the best way to open one's mind is to open one's mouth", very true.
7. The first time I saw Mr. Bourdain was in Les Halles in the late 80/early 90s. Iwas there with a very good friend. We didn’t eat or drink…something aboutsomebody had to “meet a guy.” Something like that.
Story ideas: the places I used to eat and drink at in Fukushima (nowradioactive shells), the fishing societies suffering from overfishing the tsunami(still). The Hungry Ghost Festival banquet in Tiong Bahru, my mom and her friend’s 40+ year-old tradition of making Christmas candy. The chef on thebanks of the Mississippi who roasts coffee the steampunk way. These storiesand others I am very connected to. They are stories I’d like to share.So… that was my experience with the Parts Unknown host.Oh yes…Thanks to the Foodwalker http://foodwalkers.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-is-foodwalker.html, ‘B’ (the
I Ate Tiong Bahru
book) was given to someone who issupposed to pass it on to Mr. Bourdain. And, despite the security guards and thechaos, Mr. Bourdain did get ‘C’, ‘C’ being the CD full of Christmas music sung byJoey Ramone at his last concert.………………………………………………………………………………………….

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