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Jan Wong is the author of five national bestsellers. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. Her most recent books is Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China.


"Apron Strings is dense in food history, customs, traditions and all the contrasts in between from school systems, familial roles and even water consumption." - Jules Torti - Alphabet Soup - 20210209

"Apron strings may be for foodies, but Jan Wong's Apron Strings is for everyone." - Uwera Nina Ntanganzwa - The Brunswickan - 20171017

"Clever, inspirational, and absolutely decadent." - Jessica Raven - The Baron - 20170928

"I couldn't put it down." - Ann Tudor - Fast & Fearless Cooking - 20170913

"If you're hungry for travel but can't get away, this should be at the top of your 'must-read' list." - Mardi Michels - eat.live.travel.write. - 20180702

"Irresistible in its charm." - Winesworld Magazine - 20170914

"Maybe the world could use one more culinary memoir, after all. Possibly even more, if they're all as good as this one." - Christine Sismondo - The Toronto Star - 20170929

"With a foodie's sensibilities and a reporter's demand for detail, Jan's prose reads like a poetic collection of recipes, capturing the local ingredients, kitchen techniques, and food rules that unofficially govern different cultures." - Eatdrink magazine - 20180201

"Wong's keen journalistic eye makes for a fascinating, fact-filled journey from farmhouses in Drôme-Provençal to upscale condos in Shanghai." - Jill Wilson - The Winnipeg Free Press - 20171125

"A fun and fiesty journey through three great culinary cultures around the world. Jan Wong's keen attention to detail and sense of humour make for a captivating read." - Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road - 20170101

"A sharp-minded--and famously sharp-tongued--reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can't-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers." - Chris Nuttall-Smith - Top Chef Canada - 20170101

"For foodies like me, Jan's book will be irresistible, but the fact is that anyone would love this book. Apron Strings is one of the most appealing, charming, loveable books I've read in years." - Stevie Cameron, author of On the Take - 20170101

"Jan Wong takes us on a trip through three of the world's greatest cuisines to learn the secrets of their foods, as well as the civilizations--past and present--that underlies what they eat. From a farm family in France coping with globalization to the stubborn traditions of central Italy and the cultural confusion of today's China, we meet the families and people behind the dishes--and learn how to make them as well. A wonderful story about Jan's own efforts to bond with her son, Apron Strings is what we have come to expect from Jan Wong: funny, insightful, and brutally honest." - Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China - 20170101

"Sharp-eyed and intrepid, Jan Wong and her resourceful son Sam investigate at first-hand what happens in three cultures where people are renowned for practising and enjoying great culinary art as normal daily custom. The resulting report, spiced as it is with honesty and wit, lays out for us a rich and thought-provoking spread." - Margaret Visser, author of The Rituals of Dinner - 20170101

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