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  • Takeaway

  • Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter
  • By: Angela Hui
  • Narrated by: Angela Hui
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Takeaway

By: Angela Hui
Narrated by: Angela Hui
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Publisher's Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORTNUM & MASON DEBUT FOOD BOOK AWARD 2023

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'A beautiful book: compellingly written, tender and thoughtful' Ruby Tandoh
'A warm, incandescent memoir about identity, food, family, relationships' Annie Lord

Growing up in a Chinese takeaway in rural Wales, Angela Hui was made aware at a very young age of just how different she and her family were seen by her local community. From attacks on the shopfront (in other words, their home), to verbal abuse from customers, and confrontations that ended with her dad wielding the meat cleaver; life growing up in a takeaway was far from peaceful.

But alongside the strife, there was also beauty and joy in the rhythm of life in the takeaway and in being surrounded by the food of her home culture. Family dinners before service, research trips to Hong Kong, preparing for the weekend rush with her brothers - the takeaway is a hive of activity before a customer even places their order of 'egg-fried rice and chop suey'.

Bringing listeners along on the journey from Angela's earliest memories in the takeaway to her family closing the shop after 30 years in business, this is a brilliantly warm and immersive memoir from someone on the other side of the counter.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Angela Hui (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A beautiful book: compellingly written, tender and thoughtful. It shines a light onto a part of our food culture that's beloved and yet often undervalued... I loved it." (Ruby Tandoh, bestselling author of Eat Up! and Cook as You Are)

"I read Takeaway in one sitting. Angela's writing is so relatable. Chinese takeaways can't taste the same again when you know how much love, sacrifice and soul families have put into each dish." (Elaine Chong, journalist and presenter)

"This is the type of book that I would buy for friends on repeat, safe in the knowledge that they too would love it." (Ravneet Gill, author of The Pastry Chef's Guide)

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