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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
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Oct 05, 2011

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If you like to read about food, you will enjoy the descriptions of the Chinese cuisine. Maggie is a food writer for a magazine. She has also been a widow for the past year and then she gets news that a woman in China is filing a paternity claim on her deceased husband. She travels to China to take care of the matter and it just so happens that she is also able to do an article on a new Chinese chef. It was exciting to read about a restaurant in Hangzhou where we also ate when we visited. American Chinese food is nothing compared to real Chinese cuisine and the book delves into the textures, artifice and other essential qualities of fine dining. The story also touches on her feelings of betrayal by her dead husband as she learns of his one time affair, of being able to move on, of family closeness and a little about surviving the Cultural Revolution. Good Read.

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