I am not quite sure of the meanings of the following sentences. I'll try to explain them. Please kindly see if I am correct.
1. (Eating Chinese food in China is like eating French food in France); you are at the heart of things.
Does it mean you are in the place where something is the best of its kind?
2. (While Chinese cooking uses almost all of the meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables known to the Western palate), it has also embraced other food stuffs which, to Western taste, may appear RARE or even repugnant.
Does rare mean "not cooked very long"?
3. However, if your tastes are not adventurous, do not be put off by these unusual dishes.
Does it mean if you are not courageous enough to eat the dishes, don't withdraw from other food because you dare not eat these dishes?
4. Not only are different foods for color effect: they are positioned according to the texture they give to the visual form.
Does the first part of the sentence means "These foods are put on the table to make the dish looks beautiful or attractive"? I don't understand the second part of the sentence. Could you please explain it to me?
5. Photographers delight in the subject matter.
Does it mean "Photographers enjoy taking picture of such subject matter"?
6. to name but a few.
Does it mean " There are many but I can only name a few of them"?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
1. its center; its origin.
2. not found (or eaten) in the West; i.e., rare animals and insects, rare herbs, etc.
3. Even if the dish seems unappetizing, try it. You may like it!
4. Presentation is everything. The color of the food, its texture, and how different foods are arranged together on the same plate or on various plates are just as important as how the food tastes.
5. "delight" means, take great pleasure in; "subject matter" means, well, given the context is about Chinese food I'd say the subject matter is the food itself.
6. You're right. But, not "can only"; try e.g., "will only mention a few in order to save time and space."
Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
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