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Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself Paperback – 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.
Ann Mah nails the expat experience and complicated family relationships. Her descriptions of what Isabelle ate in China has me craving every spice and crunch and swallow.
Kitchen Chinese was the perfect end of summer read.
Ann Mah’s novel is definitely a winner. The first words left me salivating and, as I delved into Isabel Lee’s new life in Beijing, I found myself laughing and captivated. The story begins with a twenty-something wannabe journalist, who gets herself fired from a New York fashion magazine. With a sister already in Beijing, and enough of the Chinese language to get by, this American born Chinese girl gets talked into taking the great leap of faith and moving overseas. Mah gives us a wonderful look into the life of a girl who struggles to navigate a very different culture than the one she was raised in, while at the same time establishing herself as a journalist and flirting with a romance or two.
This was an enjoyable read; I savored every minute of it!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read other work by Ann Mah, I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I gave up after the first 90-some pages because the story felt predictable and the book was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AudreyGolightly
I liked the book, as someone who is Asian American, visited Beijing, and familiar with Chinese cuisine. It was poignant and observant... Read morePublished 5 months 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 8 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 10 months ago by Zach Liang
Biographical fiction. Interesting read about Chinese American woman's adjustment to life in Beijing.Published 17 months ago by Grammy
Loved the intriquement of the two sisters living in Beijing and the description of Chinese food!
Mostly that moving to new places helps us find out more about ourselves!,
Sometimes, a 30 something making their way in the world.Sometimes, a decent commentary on life in the new China. But mostly angst