Review: Cambodian memoir a deft blend of war’s brutality and food

Whenever people tell me stories about themselves, I voice the inevitable (for me) question: So, what’d you eat? To me, the trivial-seeming question is everything. What smells and textures did you experience there? In the quiet moments amid all the highs and lows of life, how did you nourish yourself?

If you’re nosy in the same way, Cambodian social entrepreneur Chantha Nguon’s “Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes” rewards those questions handsomely.

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