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Kitchen Chinese: A Novel about Food, Family, and Finding Yourself

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“Ann Mahs 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 Mahs 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 Gilberts runaway bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Mahs tale of clashing cultures, rival siblings, and fine dining is an unforgettable, unexpectedly sensual reading experience—the story of one womans search for identity and purpose in an exotic and faraway land.

Synopsis:

Isabelle Lee thinks she knows everything about Chinese cuisine. After all, during her Chinese-American childhood, she ate it every day. Isabelle may speak only "kitchen Chinese"—the familial chatter learned at her mother's knee—but she understands the language of food. Now, in the wake of a career-ending catastrophe, she's ready for a change—so she takes off for Beijing to stay with her older sister, Claire, whom she's never really known, and finds a job writing restaurant reviews for an expat magazine. In the midst of her extreme culture shock, and the more she comes to learn about her sister's own secrets, Isabelle can't help but wonder whether coming to China was a mistake . . . or an extraordinary chance to find out who she really is.

About the Author

Ann Mah was born in Orange County, California, and lived in Beijing for four years, where she was the dining editor for a monthly English-language magazine. She writes regularly for the South China Morning Post, Condé Nast Traveler, the International Herald Tribune, and on her blog, <>. Ann was awarded a James Beard Culinary Scholarship in 2005 and now lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061771279
Subtitle:
A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
Author:
Mah, Ann
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Isabelle Lee thinks she knows everything about Chinese cuisine. After all, during her Chinese-American childhood, she ate it every day. Isabelle may speak only "kitchen Chinese"&#8212;the familial chatter learned at her mother's knee&#8212;but she understands the language of food. Now, in the wake of a career-ending catastrophe, she's ready for a change&#8212;so she takes off for Beijing to stay with her older sister, Claire, whom she's never really known, and finds a job writing restaurant reviews for an expat magazine. In the midst of her extreme culture shock, and the more she comes to learn about her sister's own secrets, Isabelle can't help but wonder whether coming to China was a mistake . . . or an extraordinary chance to find out who she really is.
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