Review: The World Eats Here by Wang & Garner

Review: The World Eats Here by Wang & Garner

The World Eats Here  by John Wang and Storm Garner is an interesting look at the Queens Night Market and its many vendors. The recipes that are included encompass a variety of cultures and the images reflect the spirit of coming together to enjoy both food and community. Definitely a book that gives a bit of wanderlust and a look back to a time where we once gathered to enjoy a bite to eat.

Review: The World Eats Here by Wang & GarnerTitle: The World Eats Here: International Street Food and Home Cooking
Author: John Wang, Storm Garner
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: April 28, 2020

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Savor 75 recipes—and remarkable stories—from the immigrant vendor-chefs of NYC’s first and favorite night market

On summer Saturday nights in Queens, New York, scents from Moldova to Mexico whet families’ appetites as they feast on food from over 90 countries. Welcome to the Queens Night Market. It’s had well over a million visitors since 2015, and there’s little wonder why: The food is delicious, the energy infectious—and the $6 price cap, irresistible.

Many of the participating vendors are first- and second-generation immigrants living in Queens—the most diverse urban area on Earth! In The World Eats Here, they share their prized recipes and tales of home. You’ll meet Wanda Chiu of Hong Kong Street Food whose pan-fried noodles remind her of cold winter mornings before school. And Liia Minnebaeva will blow you away with her Bashkir farm cheese donuts—a treat from her childhood in Oktyabrsky in western Russia.

Affordable, easy, and dizzyingly diverse—get ready to enjoy flavors from all over the world in one place. Whether it’s Filipino dinuguan or Haitian diri ak djon djon, each recipe connects the reader with a small piece of an immigrant story—which is to say, the American story. Though each is entirely unique, they all demonstrate the importance of one thing: Food brings people together, and nowhere else could that be more true than at the Queens Night Market.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: The World Eats Here by John Wang & Storm Garner

It has been quite some time since I have visited New York and one day I would love to go back just to visit the Queens Night Market. This book gives a backgrounder and some really wonderful stories about the people and the food that make up this incredible market experience that is affordable and friendly. The recipes are reflective of many different continents and are quite unique, although some may not be easy to recreate without special equipment and hard to find ingredients.

Queens Night Market

❀ Fantastic Layout

The layout of the book makes for a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about different cultures and their foods, or just by type of recipe. The contents of the book are:

  • Introduction
  • The Americas and the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Asia

❀ Incredible and Awe-Inspiring

If you are missing outdoor festivals and eating out, this book will provide a small taste of that. The history and the people that are described within the pages of The World Eats Here are both incredible and awe-inspiring. As well, the recipes that are included can help to bring some of the Queens Night Market home while we wait for things to open up once more.

About John Wang

John Wang

John Wang was born and raised in Texas, but his love affair with night markets started during the childhood summers he spent visiting Taiwan. A graduate of Yale’s law and business school (and triple-major from the University of Michigan), John quit his high-paying M&A attorney job at a premier law firm after paying off his student loans and in 2015 pursued his dream of creating what came to be the Queens Night Market. Now in its 5th year, the popular event averages over 12,000 visitors every summer Saturday—and has welcomed over 1 million visitors since its inception. Along with his wife Storm Garner, he is co-author of the market’s cookbook The World Eats Here.

About Storm Garner

Storm Garner

DC-born, Paris-raised, and based in New York City since working on her first La Mama, ETC theater production in 2006, Storm Garner is a multi-disciplined artist—writer, filmmaker, designer, actor, musician—with a BA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University and current student in Columbia’s Oral History Master’s Program. She created the video for the Queens Night Market’s first Kickstarter campaign and the stories included in this book are derived from her long-form interviews with participating vendors for her thesis The Queens Night Market Vendor Stories Oral History Project, which will be publicly archived at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

20 thoughts on “Review: The World Eats Here by Wang & Garner

  1. Rosie says:

    This sounds fascinating! You find the really good ones. I love cookbook type books that intertwine stories. Makes it so much more fun to try the recipes, or just lick your chops!

  2. Dorothy Boucher says:

    This book sounds like a fantastic read. I love finding out what others are eating around different areas.
    @tisonlyme143

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