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RUDY MAXA’S WORLD
Bangkok

 

Bangkok is a city of the senses – a bejeweled, dazzling, fantastical mix of magic and faith, hard work and love of life, grace and wild abandon. It’s a city where chaos and serenity happily co-exist. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restauranteur and chef Daisuke Utagawa roll up their sleeves and prepare to eat their way across this city. Bangkok is one enormous dining room. Nobody eats at home; everything in this tropical town happens on the street. These fun loving, food crazy, spiritually rich, profoundly graceful people make Bangkok one of the most welcoming cities in the world.

 

 

 

Soul of a Banquet

 

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts delectable showcase of gastronomy and touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. Featuring interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Chiang herself.