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Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself Paperback – Bargain Price, February 9, 2010
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I think the book fills a real void in something that I'm always interested in hearing about: what is it like for someone coming from another country to experience the "real China?" Too many books focus on China's history, politics, foreign relations, etc. This work, however, allows the reader to really "feel" what it is like to live as someone who has just landed, unprepared, and is thrown into the wild new world of emerging Beijing.
Mah has an excellent knack for pulling in the reader. This books is one of those reads that makes me pass up on heading out of my house just so I can read another chapter. The author's descriptions of sights, smells, and people is spot on. You can't get a better understanding of what's it's like in Beijing!
The recipes leave your mouth watering and the story as a whole is fun. The main character is hilarious and her experiences as a transplanted New Yorker are fantastic. I think this should be required reading for anyone heading to China or anyone who wants to know what it's like to live overseas.
I really liked this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about food, travel, being a first generation American, and young people trying to find their way in their career and love life.
While the use of food helps to enliven the storyline, it offers outstanding insight into an aspect of Chinese culture that is as diverse and complex as Mah's characters. The descriptions of the various dishes are presented like an endless buffet, taking the reader on a culinary journey throughout the various regions of the country. I was impressed to see several personal, yet lesser known, favorites mentioned like jianbing and Yunnan cheese. BE WARNED: If you've ever experienced Chinese cuisine in China, reading the descriptions in this book will probably convince you to return sooner than anticipated.
The author's modest inclusion of pinyin (phonetic Chinese) will certainly serve as a refresher for anyone who has tried using it, but is not overused in a way that would seem threatening to someone who hasn't. While the novel is written from a female perspective, it remains approachable to all readers and is actually quite insightful. There is a gentle humor throughout the book that helps carry the flow of the story and humanize the characters. While there were a few aspects of the plot that stretched the imagination, this never distracted from the overall reading enjoyment.
I look forward to seeing where Ann Mah's promising literary career takes her. Perhaps her next novel could be based at "See Ahnse Po"...
First things first. Don't read on an empty stomach. This book made me so hungry as Iz made the rounds of restaurants that I think I gained 5 lbs just reading this book. Okay, not from reading, but from getting a snack to keep me from drooling all over the book. If I was reading this on my Kindle, I would have shorted it out.
This is a pretty light-hearted, Bridget Jones in China type book; very fun and clever. Isabelle was very likable as were most of the characters. She bumbles around town while trying to get the hang of things.
The only thing I didn't like was the obligatory romance part. I felt like shoving Iz off of a cliff during some parts and the ending was just too pat. Must there be romance or can't there just be fun and dating? No matter what happens to girls in these books, the author always needs them to find Mr Right by the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book, as someone who is Asian American, visited Beijing, and familiar with Chinese cuisine. It was poignant and observant... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Christopher L. Lee
To me it is too much LOVE story, and not enough FOOD story.
It had my attention for the first 50 pages or so, and lost me quickly. Read more
Author was whiny. I like the subject matter but by the end couldn't stand the author's voice. She has done better.Published 3 months ago by Reviewer XYZ
Interesting story as read from the Greek version . A story describing the life of a woman who was fired from her job in USA and left her country to visit her sister in China... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zach Liang
For anyone who has lived and worked in Beijing - you'd connect at the level of Mah's anecdotes - the people you meet, all these familiar places to go, expat enclaves, opportunities... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Juliana Loh
I very highly recommend this book for any reader who loves to read about food or travel or both. It had plenty of stories of Beijing along with bits of drama and laughter thrown... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I knew that I would enjoy this book before I even started because I always enjoy reading about other cultures, but I didn't know that I would enjoy it as much as I did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SGT PEPPER
Biographical fiction. Interesting read about Chinese American woman's adjustment to life in Beijing.Published 11 months ago by Grammy