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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
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Read in December, 2007

I'd mentioned this one on my blog last month, saying, "if you love Chinese food, and culture as well as contemporary East meets West and oh, a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book."

One of the major characters is a Chinese/Jewish American man maybe a bit younger than me (around 40) who moves to China to learn Chinese cooking, largely from his three "uncles" (chefs who are close friends of his father's). His path crosses with a recently-widowed American food writer of about the same age. She's in China both to write about him and to deal with a momentous personal concern.

I learned a lot about authentic Chinese cuisine, and the Chinese attitude about food--that it's intertwined with art, should be subtle and original, and is very important as an art and in community-building.

Maybe I was Chinese in a past life, as I've sometimes suspected from my strong affinity with much of the culture.
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