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Jessica Esa

Jess is the creator and editor of Books and Bao. She's passionate about the world, its literature, food, culture, and people. She enjoys sharing her travel tips with others and capturing those perfect moments.

18 Unique Things to Do in Copenhagen (2022)

Copenhagen prides itself on bikes, park life, iconic architecture, and delicious smørrebrød, but did you know they also have rich and diverse arts and culture scene just waiting to be explored? In short, there are so many unique things to do in Copenhagen. There’s a purity, a cleanliness, and a natural beauty to Copenhagen. It …

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15 Cultural and Historic Day Trips from London

If you’ve managed to exhaust the cultural hub that is London and are looking for an adventure that’s easy to reach and offers you even more cultural and historic activities then look no further than these easy day trips from London. Sure to satisfy any wanderer, whether they’re looking for a stroll around a quaint …

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8 Fantastic Asian Graphic Novels in Translation

Since reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, I’ve been a big fan of the graphic memoir. Using drawing as a medium to deliver a message isn’t a new concept but I’m so grateful for the slew of comics in the last couple of years that deal with the more difficult concepts in life. Essential Asian Graphic …

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11 Greek Cookbooks for Mouthwatering Greek & Cypriot Dishes

Discover hundreds of new dishes with these Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot recipes. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple techniques, Greek food is undoubtedly incredibly popular the world over. However, when we consider Greek dishes, quite often only a few staples jump to mind fresh salads with feta and olives, hearty dishes such as …

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17 Best Asian Cookbooks for Delicious Home Cooking (2022)

Get ready to travel your way around the continent with your stomach and discover the best Asian cookbooks from Japan, to Korea, Vietnam, and India. Cookbooks are a huge passion of mine, there’s very little that will stop me dropping money on a new cookbook despite my wallet crying out at me. The history and …

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14 Middle Eastern Cookbooks (For Aromatic Home Cooking) in 2022

Whether you’re looking to learn Persian, Turkish, Israeli, or Arab cuisine, these Middle Eastern cookbooks will take you on a culinary journey as you learn to recreate the same fragrant, spiced dishes that we know and love. Growing up in an Egyptian household, I’m no stranger to the delights of Middle Eastern cuisine, but even …

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Kokeshi Dolls (こけし): Everything You Need to Know

Showcasing the imagination of the artists, kokeshi dolls take a simple idea and demonstrate stunning artwork, giving us characters to be treasured. They have changed a lot over the years but several details remain, including their limbless physique and vibrant hand-painted bodies. Find out everything about kokeshi dolls, from their history to how they are …

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11 Types of Japanese Tea & How to Brew Them – History and Guide

Delve into the fascinating history of tea in Japan, the types of Japanese tea you can try, and how to brew them at home. Plus discover some interesting books about Japanese tea and tea ceremonies. The world of tea is a fascinating subject to dive into, with a long history that few are aware of …

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7 Books of Incredible Arabic Short Stories

Arab literature is a world that contains multitudes. From a Western perspective, you might expect Arab stories to provide you religious or political perspective on a world you know little about. Sometimes that’s true and sometimes it isn’t. While the Arab world is home to revered classic novels and modern works of brilliance, one of …

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