Royal Collins Publishing Group Inc. is proud to announce that Yu Bin, author of A Taste of Nanjing, won the world-renowned Gourmand World Book Cookbook Awards. He is the winner of the Food Culture Book.

A Taste of Nanjing is a collection of short essays depicting signature Chinese dishes, highlighting the author’s enjoyment of local food in his youth and childhood.

Characterized by witty observations and personal research on various delicacies’ origins and spread, A Taste of Nanjing offers rigorous analysis and unique humor typical of a Chinese intellectual. The enthusiasm for life and Chinese philosophy inherent in food (warming or cooling) and the purpose of eating (for nutrition or pleasure) shines through in Yu’s casual and highly readable narrative style. From main dishes such as pig trotters, eels, and crabs, to snacks like honey mito, grease balls, and bursting parched rice, he brings Nanjing cuisine to life with a healthy dose of Chinese wisdom.

Mr. Yu Bin was born and grew up in Nanjing, China. He is a professor at Nanjing University’s School of Liberal Arts and an expert on comparative and world literature. He is also a prolific writer, authoring celebrity biographies such as Eileen Chang: A Biography and Zhou Zuoren: A Life, as well as a collection of essays about his teenage years in China during the 1960s and 1970s (Ti Qian Huai JiuJiu Shi Gou Dang, and A Taste of Nanjing).

Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards honor the best food and wine books, printed or digital, and food television shows and have been likened to the Oscars of the culinary literature genre.

“We are very honored to hear this exciting news from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Thanks a lot to the Gourmand Awards. Frankly, that’s no photo in A Taste of Nanjing. But Yu used his delicious words to conquer the reader’s appetite. He is marvelous. Congratulations to Professor Yu! We appreciate our friends, New World Press, and Nanjing Literature Center. Love your great talents and looking forward to publishing more great books with you.” Said Mr. Bob Song, the President of Royal Collins Publishing Group.

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