Publisher description for The last Chinese chef / Nicole Mones.


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The Last Chinese Chef is the transporting story of how the sensual, romantic elements of haute Chinese cuisine become the perfect ingredients to lift the troubled soul of a grieving American woman. For food writer Maggie McElroy, it"s been a year of trying to get her equilibrium back in the wake of her husband"s premature death. Now comes a shock: a paternity claim has been filed against her husband"s estate. Could he, while working in his firm"s Beijing office, have fathered a child? As Maggie plans a difficult trip to China to investigate the claim, she is offered a chance to profile chef and rising star Sam Liang. What begins as a hoped-for distraction while in Beijing, however, turns into a life-changing event. As Maggie watches three generations of Liangs prepare sumptuous feasts together, she is moved by the Chinese belief that food must always be eaten in a circle of family and friends. As she reads Sam"s grandfather"s account of life as a cook in the Emperor"s kitchen, Maggie discovers the centrality of food in Chinese history. And as Sam cooks a chicken as soft as velvet--spiced along centuries"- old notions of what heals the heart--Maggie begins to fall in love. In the end, Maggie does unravel the truth about her husband. But most profoundly, The Last Chinese Chef is the exhilarating story of a woman coming home to herself in the most unexpected of places.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Americans -- China -- Fiction.
Food writers -- Fiction.
Cookery -- Fiction.