Title

Substitutions; That Almond Dessert

Document Type

Poem

Publication Date

2017

Department

Creative Writing

Language

English

Publication Title

New England Review

Abstract

Adrienne Su shares what was behind the writing of the poems "Substitutions" and "That Almond Dessert":

Substitutions” was prompted by my reading of Fuchsia Dunlop’s introduction to a recipe for Dan Dan Noodles in her Sichuan cookbook Land of Plenty—a beautiful evocation of street-vendor cooking. For me it merged with other memories of street vendors my parents have cited, as well as my experiences with street food as a foreign student in Shanghai, in an era surely now lost there, too.

That Almond Dessert” arose from my reading of Chinese-American cookbooks from the 1960s. Somewhere I stumbled across the name “Almond Junket” and found it irresistible. That sent me to the Joyce Chen Cook Book, which my mother used when I was a child, and which evoked a longing for Almond Float—although I wasn’t sure whether I actually longed for it or just wanted childhood back. Eventually I made a batch, then another and another. I still love it and consider it a partner for canned fruit, but I’d rather have it with canned lychees or longyan than fruit cocktail.
(Excerpts taken from: Su, Adrienne, "Behind the Byline," interview by Rick Barot, New England Review, May 17, 2017. http://www.nereview.com/?s=adrienne+su)

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"Substitutions" was also featured as the daily poem on Poetry Daily, April 27, 2017. http://poems.com/poem.php?date=17284

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