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She and Sam hit it off right away, even though he is involved in a very important competition for a place on the Chinese national cooking team for the 2008 Olympics. They travel together to the south of China where she meets her husband's possible daughter--with Sam standing by to act as translator--and where Maggie meets much of Sam's family. He has been welcomed back with open arms, even though he occasionally feels that he has one foot in China and one in Ohio. The Beijing uncles and the Hangzhou uncle are a raucous, loving, argumentative bunch of foodies who advise Sam about menus, encourage a romance with Maggie, make him start over again when the dish isn't perfect, and alternately praise and criticize his cooking.
Maggie loves being in the middle of it all and finds herself more and more drawn to Sam. She begins, with Sam's help, to see food as "healing" and understands the guanxi or "connectedness" that takes place around food. At the beginning of each chapter is a paragraph taken from a book entitled The Last Chinese Chef, written by Sam's grandfather and translated by Sam and his father. Mones has written that book, too, which is an explanation of the place of food in Chinese history and family life. The novel is rich with meaning and lore and an examination of loving relationships. Don't even touch this book when you're hungry. The descriptions make the aromas and textures float right off the page. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a very well written book.
With the support of her boss, Maggie travelled to China to investigate the claim as well as to write about a new restaurant opened by a Chinese-American chef.
This was a beautifully written book, not only full of interesting information about the history and culture of Chinese food but also a love story.
Lost In Translation was superb; A Cup Of Light fantastic (virtually as good); The Last Chinese Chef is excellent, but not quite up to Nicole Mones' own bar, set so high. Read morePublished 8 days ago by bigboppar
I enjoyed the incorporation of history, relationships, and food. It helped me understand another aspect of Chinese food that I wasn't aware of before.Published 21 days ago by RJ
A wonderfully written story which brings you to heights of interest. I couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days. Very well done.Published 29 days ago by Peace Seeker
Mones is a wonderful writer. Although I liked Cup of Light more, this book is one to keep and share. Learned a lot about Chinese cooking, too.Published 1 month ago by Dr, K. V. Hartigan
Enjoyable read - emphasis on the culture of food and family.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful Read.. best part was learning about the cuisine of China and their philosophy relating to this. Sets a good example.Published 1 month ago by Vicki Drakopoulos