The Last Chinese Chef

The Last Chinese Chef

Book - 2007
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Struggling to get back on her feet in the wake of her husband's premature death and stunned by a paternity suit against her husband's estate, food writer Maggie McElroy plans a trip to China to investigate the claim and to profile rising chef Sam Liang.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
Description: 278 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780618619665
Branch Call Number: Mone


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Sep 05, 2018

Wonderful book with a mild love story, but mostly about the whole culture surrounding true Chinese cuisine. Very detailed and yet so well written that it's easy to read.

Jun 12, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Agree with CharlieO about the pace and plot development. Well crafted and delicious read.

0Charlie Jan 20, 2015

Not something I would normally pickup but it was a Book club selection. I enjoyed the depth of respect that is shown to food and its reflection in the culture of China. Oh, and there's also a plot concerning a widow, a chef, a contest and a paternity suit. The story unravels delicately and without rush. Recommended for food lovers and lovers.

Dec 20, 2014

I have read all of Nicole Mones' books, enjoying them greatly, especially because of personal experience in China. This one was good but not as well written as the others. There are some situations that are not believable, for instance, engaging in a serious conversation on the side line of a crisis preparing the banquet. One can learn a lot about the importance of food in Chinese culture.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

For anyone interested in Chinese food, history and romance this is a wonderful read. Maggie, a widowed American food writer, finds herself faced with a paternity suit against her late husband. She goes to Beijing to find out if the claim is legitimate and is given an assignment profiling Sam Liang, a rising American-Chinese chef. As she learns about the history of Sam's family and its deep connections to the great imperial kitchens of the past, she finds her senses reawakened and her feelings for all things Chinese intensified.

Jan 03, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous story. I loved the explanations of Chinese culinary history and it's relationship to art, culture, and family. Juxtaposed with a broken heart and a surprising love story, "The Last Chinese Chef" is both an interesting and a beautiful read.

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