These are questions asked frequently by my readers in China and people interested in participating.


What is your process in this project?

  1. 9AM we arrive at the family’s home to learn favorite family recipes. This process lasts between 2-3 hours.
  2. I take notes and video of how to prepare each dish. I photograph the completed dish. Each dish is tasted.
  3. I photograph the family portrait.
  4. Family is given a small gift of appreciation. All participating families will be mailed an autographed cookbook after publication.

你们的工作过程能说说吗?

  1. 早上九点我们到达家庭的住所,学习过程将持续2-3个小时。
  2. 以笔记和视频的方式全程记录每一道菜的准备和制作过程。给每一道做好的菜拍照并品尝。
  3. 为参与项目的家庭照全家福。
  4. 现场送给参与项目的家庭一个小礼物表示感谢。在新书出版之后将作者亲笔签名的新书邮寄给参与的家庭。

Where are you from?
I am from California, USA.

你是哪里人?
我来自美国的加利福尼亚。


Presently, where do you live?
I have been living in Beijing for the past three years.

你现在在美国还是在中国?
我现在住在北京,已经三年了。


How many people are in your team? Are they all American?
There are two people in my team and my assistant is Chinese. Occasionally, I have an intern who assists with other tasks.

你们团队一共有几个人?都是美国人吗?
我们团队有2个人。我的助理是中国人。偶尔也会有一个实习生帮助我们。


In a few words, how would you describe your project?
I travel China, meeting families who teach me their favorite recipes. Stories and photos are published on my food blog ShowShanti.com and the recipes will be featured in a cookbook at a later date. For more about Shanti, visit: http://showshanti.com/about

可否简单介绍一下你的目的?
我在中国旅行,去拜访不同的家庭并让他们教我做他们喜欢的家常菜。相关经历和图片已经放在我的美食博客上了ShowShanti.com。这些家常菜是为了不久之后的烹饪书做准备的。要了解更多的信息,请点击http://showshanti.com/about


Is your project based only in Beijing or in other regions as well?
This project will take my team to renown culinary regions in China.

你们是在北京学还是要到各个省市去学
我们要亲自前往不同的省市去学习著名的菜系。


Which regions will you visit?
I will visit Guangzhou, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hunan, Fujian, Hakka, Anhui, Shanghai, Xinjiang, Shannxi, Gansu, Hong Kong, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi, Shandong, and Beijing.

你们是全国每个城市都去吗?
我们初步计划要去的省市是(广州、浙江、江苏、湖南、福建、客家、安徽、上海、新疆、陕西、甘肃、香港、四川、贵州、云南、广西、山东、北京)


Which provinces have you visited already?
I have visited Beijing, Shandong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong. I may return to those regions to meet more families.

你们现在都去了哪些城市?
已经去过北京、山东、四川、云南、广西、广东。但是也很有可能返回这些地区拜访更多的家庭。


Where do the recipe lessons take place? In homes or restaurants?
I learn the recipes in the homes of the families I meet. Once, I learned recipes in a families restaurant kitchen. Another time I learned how to cook the recipes in the courtyard, outside (which was great for photography lighting).

你们是到家里来学还是在餐馆里学?
是到我拜访的家庭去学。有的在家庭厨房,还有时候在院子里。(外面的光线对拍照更方便。)


What is expected of the families?
I ask only that the families share with me 2-4 favorite family recipes, which I will watch them cook while I take notes and photographs. I will also take a photograph of the family portrait.

需要家庭做些什么?
只需要和我们分享2-4道他们喜欢的家常菜就可以了。做的时候我会关注全过程,并做记录和拍照。我也会给我拜访的家庭照一张全家福。


How many different families do you need in each region?
Before I set out to travel, I like to find at least four families per region.

你们一个省去多少个家庭?
在我们准备旅行之前,每个地区有四个家庭就最好不过了。


How can I participate in the project?
Connect with my assistant through MySpace.cn/showshanti or email contact@showshanti.com. You will be contacted shortly.

怎么样才能加入参与你们的项目?
MySpace.cn/showshanti上和我的助理联系或发email到 contact@showshanti.com


How long will you stay in each region?
The time spent in each region depends on the number of families we visit and the time it takes to travel from place to place. Typically, we spend at least one day in the town where the family lives. If there are interesting cultural or historic sites nearby, we like to visit those places, too. We want to know more about Chinese culture so the more we can learn and see, the better.

你们在一个省市停留多长时间?
这要根据当地参加的家庭的数目,以及从一个地方到另一个地方需要花费的时间。一般在每个家庭所在地会呆一天。如果附近有比较有意思的文化或者历史景点,我们也很愿意去看看。我们想了解更多地中国文化,能了解和看到更多,当然就更好了。

 

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