Kitchen Chinese

Kitchen Chinese

[a Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself]

Book - 2010
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"Ann Mah's Kitchen Chinese is a delicious debut novel, seasoned with just the right balance of humor and heart, and sprinkled with fascinating cultural tidbits."
--Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

Kitchen Chinese, Ann Mah's funny and poignant first novel about a young Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing to discover food, family, and herself is a delight--complete with mouth-watering descriptions of Asian culinary delicacies, from Peking duck and Mongolian hot pot to the colorful, lesser known Ants in a Tree that will delight foodies everywhere. Reminiscent of Elizabeth Gilbert's runaway bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Mah's tale of clashing cultures, rival siblings, and fine dining is an unforgettable, unexpectedly sensual reading experience--the story of one woman's search for identity and purpose in an exotic and faraway land.
Publisher: New York : Avon A, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061771279
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAH
Characteristics: 339 p.

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tcgirl Dec 27, 2012

somewhat interesting novel about a Chinese American girl who moves to Bejing but with a disappointing ending. I would have liked to see the issues with her sister explored in more depth.

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Nov 28, 2010

"Kitchen Chinese" was an enjoyably fluffy and light read. While not quite on par with the works of Amy Tan, and the like, the story is never-the-less engaging, and the descriptions of Chinese cuisine enticing. My greatest complaint is that Isabelle (the protagonist) can at times be painfully daft, and I had to cringe as her own misunderstandings piled up. Yet, in spite of a rather unbelievable level of bullheadedness, she is a likable character portraying an honest experience. I had to keep reading because I wanted to see her happy in the end. While this is no literary masterpiece, it was with a sense of satisfaction that I finished it.
I can recommend "Kitchen Chinese" to someone looking for a light, easy read. There are no great challenges, just a simple narrative of an Chinese-American woman's experience. Sometimes those simple, light, at times ridiculous sort of romances are what you need.

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