Carolyn Phillips, or Madame Huang, is fluent in Chinese, having lived and worked in Taiwan for eight years. She worked as the chief editor and translator for both the National Museum of History and the National Central Library.
Phillips accompanied the directors and their staff many times a week on forays to Taiwan's dining palaces with foreign dignitaries and official guests, where she would interpret over dinner. Following her return to the States in 1985, she became a professional Mandarin interpreter for the state and federal courts, working with attorneys on multimillion-dollar lawsuits and major criminal cases. Phillips then retired from the courts to devote herself fully to food writing.
Her upcoming illustrated book, "All Under Heaven," is about all the cuisines of China, which will be published by McSweeney's and Ten Speed Press. Her next book is called "The Dim Sum Field Guide" and will be released by Ten Speed at around the same time.