Chinese Author Feature: Ying Chang Compestine

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, which was selected for the One Book/One Community Program in San Mateo County, CA. The Young Adult novel, published in 2007 and now out in paperback, is a historical fictional account of life during China’s Cultural Revolution, a time when the author hungered for two things — food and books. Compestine also wrote Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales (2009) that crosses time and different parts of China, and includes recipes. Her nine children’s picture books include Boy Dumplings.

Compestine’s award-winning stories reflect her experiences growing up in China. On her website she writes: “All of my children’s books convey an important message about sharing, compassion, creative inventions, Chinese history, culture, and food.” Compestine also visits schools, “sharing with students my journey as a writer, how my life in China inspired my writing, and the challenges of writing in my second language.”

In addition, Compestine is the author of many cookbooks including Cooking With Green Tea; Secrets from a Healthy Asian Kitchen; and Secrets of Fat-Free Chinese Cooking. She also writes recipes and food articles for magazines such as Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. For recipes, including asparagus & crab salad; forbidden rice with cranberries, carrots & ginger; and gingerbread, click here.

Don’t miss Ying Chang Compestine at the 2011 San Francisco Writers’ Conference February 18-20!

Look forward to more contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American author features, including Yiyun Li, Malinda Lo, Lan Samantha Chang, Li Miao Lovett and Shawna Yang Ryan.

This entry was posted in Books and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>