A Banquet For Hungry Ghosts
According to Chinese tradition, those who die hungry or unjustly come back to haunt the living. Some are appeased with food, but not all ghosts are successfully mollified. In this chilling collection of stories, Ying Chang Compestine takes readers on an exhilarating journey through time and across different parts of China. Hungry ghosts have prevailed- from the building of the Great Wall in 200 B.C.E. to the modern day of iPods- and continue to torment those who wronged them. At once a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine, this assortment of frightening tales- complete with historical notes and savory recipes- will both scare and satiate.
Praise for A Banquet For Hungry Ghosts
“…gruesome but delightful…laced with beautiful (as well as lurid) images… difficult to shake.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“…chilling tales honoring Chinese food and ghost lore.”
“…will whet the appetites of …of ghost gourmet with a sophisticated palate.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“…offers up enough fright—and food—to keep kids returning for seconds.”
— Horn Book Review
— School Library Journal
“Ghost Stories with a Chinese Twist”
— The San Francisco Chronicle
Awards & Accolades
Children's Literature Assembly
Cooking A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts
After reading A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, students and I talked about writing while cooking their favorite recipes from the book!
Students from Singapore American International School cook their favorite recipes from A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts.
Cooking with Martin Yan
Watch me cook a recipe based on A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts with world-renowned chef Martin Yan on Crystal Cruise.
Why I Wrote "Banquet"
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