Next Saturday, September 3, writer/journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan will be at the Decatur Book Festival to speak about her recently published book, A Tiger in the Kitchen. The vibrant story details a year in Tan’s life when — after being laid off from The Wall Street Journal where she covered the fashion beat — she decided to “slow her life down” and embark on an anthropological culinary journey back to her native country of Singapore to learn traditional recipes she grew up eating. (Some of these recipes appear at the end of the book.)
Whether recounting the many fabulous meals had in the country’s famed hawker centers (food courts) or through home-cooked repasts patiently prepared by female family members, Tan had a yearning to reconnect with the Singaporean culinary culture that she overlooked in her formative years while pursuing journalistic ambitions.
Shortly after she arrived in America to