The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
A Novel

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This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China -- this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.

When Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, learns of a Chinese paternity claim against her late husband’s estate, she has to go immediately to Beijing. She asks her magazine for time off, but her editor counters with an assignment: to profile the rising culinary star Sam Liang.

In China Maggie unties the knots of her husband’s past, finding out more than she expected about him and about herself. With Sam as her guide, she is also drawn deep into a world of food rooted in centuries of history and philosophy. To her surprise she begins to be transformed by the cuisine, by Sam’s family -- a querulous but loving pack of cooks and diners -- and most of all by Sam himself. The Last Chinese Chef is the exhilarating story of a woman regaining her soul in the most unexpected of places.

About Nicole Mones

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Nicole Mones has traveled and worked extensively in China since 1977. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
Published June 6, 2008 by Mariner Books. 285 pages
Genres: Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a widowed American journalist goes to Beijing to profile an up-and-coming chef, sparks fly.

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