Soul of a BanquetHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. SOUL OF A BANQUET features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang herself.
The only reason I wouldn't recommend watching this film is because you're GUARANTEED to order in Chinese food afterwards only to realize a few bites in that for the rest of your life you're NEVER going to eat anything as good as what Cecilia Chiang made for her banquet.
If you liked JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, you'll love this. Beautifully photographed, fascinating story of a Chinese food pioneer.
fantastic doc that’ll make you hungry
I caught this movie at a free screening in Brooklyn. Not only is it an interesting look at how authentic Chinese food is prepared, but also provides Cecilia Chiang’s story of her immigration to the United States to avoid the dangers of living in communist China. It’s certainly a feast, with a side of nourishing history lesson!