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How to Cook a Dragon: Living, Loving, and Eating in China Paperback – November 18, 2008
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A wonderful accomplishment and an entertaining read.
And while the local cuisine is a central concern for her (each chapter ends with a recipe), Furiya lets her memoir range far beyond her most recent meal. She deals with the stress of being a Japanese-American in China, where she is continually taken for a Chinese and expected to speak Mandarin; she describes the ups and downs of leaving everything she knows to move to a foreign country; and she captures her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, Eric.
Furiya's style is not impeccable. Her word choice can leave something to be desired, and her metaphors are sometimes strained. But she won me over with her vulnerability in describing her relationship; she does not spare herself when she analyzes the mistakes she made and her growing distance from the person she wanted to be.
"How to Cook a Dragon" says a bit about cooking, and a bit about "the sleeping dragon," China, but these things are ultimately viewed through their association with Furiya's life, an angle that works well to broaden the book's appeal beyond just foodies or Sinophiles. This memoir is not perfect, but the author's warmth and honesty shine through.
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I had read and enjoyed the author;s previous book. I picked this one up from the library from a recommendation. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by sweet pea guardian
Linda writes about her relationship with her boyfriend Eric who just happens to be a selfish male who dominates the relationship and dosen't do all the loving things a good male... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by June
How to Cook a Dragon by Linda Furiya is about the Japanese American author's time she spent in China with her boyfriend Eric. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Jeanette Stingley