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The Last Chinese Chef: A Novel
by Nicole Mones

Published: 2008-06-06
Paperback : 300 pages
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This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China -- this time the ...
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This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China -- this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.

When Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, learns of a Chinese paternity claim against her late husband’s estate, she has to go immediately to Beijing. She asks her magazine for time off, but her editor counters with an assignment: to profile the rising culinary star Sam Liang.

In China Maggie unties the knots of her husband’s past, finding out more than she expected about him and about herself. With Sam as her guide, she is also drawn deep into a world of food rooted in centuries of history and philosophy. To her surprise she begins to be transformed by the cuisine, by Sam’s family -- a querulous but loving pack of cooks and diners -- and most of all by Sam himself. The Last Chinese Chef is the exhilarating story of a woman regaining her soul in the most unexpected of places.

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Chinese, anyone?
by FTessa (see profile) 07/08/13
If you can ask your local Chinese chef to prepare something that is NOT on the menu for your group to enjoy.

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  "Last Chinese Chef"by scibreeze (see profile) 09/17/15

Predictable nice romance but description of Chinese culinary customs and how they relate to the historical context very informative.

 
  "The Last Chinese Chef"by gourmet (see profile) 09/27/13

This is a book about a family of chefs who cook amazing food. When a gourmet food editor goes to China to meet one of them, it becomes a love story too.

 
  "A Sensory Feast"by FTessa (see profile) 07/08/13

Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, is stunned by a call informing her of a paternity claim against her late husband – in Beijing. Immersing herself in work has helped her dea... (read more)

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