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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 201 x 23mm | 282g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061771279
  • 9780061771279
  • 331,344

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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.
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Review quote

"With a light, self-deprecating touch, Ann Mah portrays the quirks, pleasures, and surprises of life as a young Chinese-American woman finding her way in an alien motherland."--Jen Lin-Liu, author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China
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Rating details

1,676 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 15% (259)
4 33% (552)
3 36% (609)
2 12% (198)
1 3% (58)
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