Anne McCarten-Gibbs's Reviews > Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself

Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah
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Apr 29, 11

Read from April 19 to 26, 2011

This was a fun book to be reading during a stressful week. I enjoyed it, but couldn't give it 4 stars because of the annoying "Bridget Jone's Diary" chic lit devices that got in the way. Must the main character be ditzy and dense in every exchange with a man, even though she is a thoughtful and expressive voice otherwise? And must there be a surprise "twist" about the main love interest that is obvious from the very first second?
Outside of the forced love story, though, I really enjoyed the great sense of place and time in the story, and the loving descriptions of the food.
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Michelle You know the Chinese pop star that she was sort of seeing at one point? Well when I was in Beijing last summer I was reading this book and had Chinese MTV on while reading in the hotel. All of a sudden they talked about that pop star from the book! Fun coincidence! I liked the book - good summer reading and stress reducing!


Anne McCarten-Gibbs Very fun. So he's a real person? Wow.


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