For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See the line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Saskatoon Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy and China she asked her 22-year-old son to join her. On their journey, Jan and Sam lived and cooked with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. They learned classic French family fare, how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole in the heart of Italy’s Slow Food country, and in Shanghai they home-cooked firecracker chicken. Jan Wong dishes up fascinating and unexpectedly hilarious stories.
dee Hobsbawn-Smith has published poetry, essays and short fiction. A freelance journalist and retired chef, she is a local foods advocate, has been active in Slow Food for fifteen years, and has written books about food, including Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet.
In Jan Wong’s Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family In France, Italy and China, a mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.
JAN WONG is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, which was named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards (too many to mention) and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan Wong is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.
Nonfiction: (Toronto, ON & Fredericton, NB), Apron Strings