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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

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Welcome to Dinner & a Movie for the month of May. Not only is today the beginning of a whole new experience in Asian food and film, it is an occasion for celebration:

The FIRST ANNIVERSARY of my Dinner & a Movie weblog! It's been fabulous fun, and I can honestly say with great pride that I have not missed a single day throughout the year. And in the course of those 365 days, I have had nearly 100,000 visitors stop by to read about the goings-on in my humble kitchen.

Moreover, I can't wait to get started on my list of films for the upcoming year, of which I will reveal only one today. The rest will remain a surprise to be announced on the first day of each month. I will say however, that I will be making my first foray into the food and film of Singapore, Mongolia, and Turkey, and will be revisiting the food and film of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and India.

In the days and weeks to come, I will also be making a few changes in format and timing. I will be including a photo in every day's weblog, and instead of preparing an elaborate, multi-course banquet once a month, I will be preparing all the various courses throughout the month, with appetizers the first week, soup & salad the second week, main course the third week, dessert and film review the fourth week. I will also be allowing readers the option of posting comments. And finally, when all the votes are in, I will be giving my weblog a catchy new name. Suggestions are welcome.

And now, without further ado, this month's film and cuisine: Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern, with a menu of dishes from the four major cuisines of China (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan).

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