Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper is one I've had on my wish list (is it wrong to originally have written "wish lust?") for a while. Can't wait to see what you thought of it.
The link goes to my review, but to save you time I'll tell you I loved it...and hated it. Loved reading about all her adventures...hated even thinking about someone chomping down on bear claws.
You're right! That is a diverse list. My problem right now is reading too many books at one time. I really don't think it is saving me any time and I can't give my full attention to any one book even if the topics are similar and not as diverse as what you listed here. Sigh.
That really is quite a list - and so different from what I read. I never stop being amazed at the nearly limitless books available. If you can't find anything for yourself, you are not looking.
I've had my eye on Shark's Fin too. I was thinking about reading it for the Food challenge I'm probably not going to finish.
From your review of Shark's Fin, it sounds unappetizing, so to speak, but not as a book, just maybe as a guide toward eating out in China.....
Phew! Busy, productive week for you! :-)
Tell me what you think. But please be kind.