A Tiger on the Road


Image from Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s blog

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, who wrote the food and family memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen, has a food blog that lovers of good food and writing will want to follow. The blog offers restaurant recommendations, such as the one by Ed Lin, confirmed by Tan’s own investigation, as to where to get the best bowl of Taiwanese noodles in New York. Like any good food blog, Tan’s blog also provides recipes, for the masochistic ones among us who like do-it-yourself, but these recipes are taken from the kitchens of well-known authors. How would you like to cook lentil soup the way that John Searles does it?

Scattered among recommendations and recipes are tidbits of Tan’s family history and writing projects. Tan moved from Singapore to the USA at the age of 18. After graduating from Northwestern University, she hung out with Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Evanston, Illinois; gypsies in Portland, Oregon; and the Boomerang Pleasure Club, “a group of Italian-American men that were getting together to cook, play cards and gab about women for decades in their storefront “clubhouse” in Chicago,” according to her bio.

Her blog is a delicious way to follow the gastronomic adventures of this intrepid writer. For literary milk bars, there is her Facebook page.


About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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