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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
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Mar 04, 2009

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Read in February, 2009

By the author of Lost in Translation (loved the film, didn't read the book), who has obviously spent a lot of time in Asia. Her knowledge is meticulous (or at least I assume it is as my knowledge of Beijing and Chinese cooking is nonexistent), and the story is ok, not exactly compelling but I'm still reading it, and the writing is fine, she's no Steinbeck but she's not Dan Brown either. not sure if I'll end up liking it, but I'm pretty sure I'll be going out for Chinese soon. Okay so its not the same Lost in Translation as the movie but whatever...took a long time deciding whether I liked the book or not, ultimately concluded that I really liked the food and cooking stuff and really liked her insight and knowledge of modern Chinese culture and the effect of the last 100 years on the country, but didn't much care for the story that connected all the interesting stuff together.
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