From the title I was afraid this would be a story stuck in-between recipes. Fortunately I didn't let that stop me. This was an absolutely terrific book. It not only provided an interesting insight into China, but was enlightening on the 'philosophy' behind Chinese cooking. I look for books that don't fall into a category of "romance" or "mystery", but rather provide an interesting story. This was such a book. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to enjoy a good story, to learn, and to be swept away by an interesting culture.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
i have listened to this book a few times already ... it is charming, soulful and performed well. don't hesitate to purchase this one!
Bookaholic. Favorite authors- Agatha Christie, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert A Heinlein.
Fun story, enjoyable listen. Wish this had been published before my visit to China as it contains very interesting insight into China and Chinese Food. Only one caution, listening to this story may make you hungry :-)
The plot is fairly simple, yet enjoyable. The plot and bi-cultural background of the male character provides a good vehicle for exploring Chinese versus American culture. The romantic interest is pleasing.
I'm not a cook or "food-ie" but found this story interesting and educational. I will probably re-listen at some future date to absorb more of the history and cultural details.
The performance is well done. It seemed a little stilted the first few minutes, but either that changed or I became accustomed to the reader.
A good use of a credit.
Its all there ... the modern juxtaposed with the traditional, the everyday transformed into the exotic, old love and new. A mix of healing and nourishing food for the body, the soul and the heart. There's even some intrique waiting to be cleared up, which keeps you in suspense. All this with a cast of the most likeable characters you'd ever wish to meet. Yummy!
Excellent narrators make it all come alive.
Sericulturalist and horticulturalist, mad scientist and earth oven baker.
A beautiful book that keeps you guessing until the end. Family, food, and loyalty combine into unexpected possibilities.
I really enjoyed the story and learning about Chinese food and some of the Chinese customs. After finishing the book, I was so hungry that I had to go out for Chinese. The pdf with a couple of recipes was pretty neat. I only wish it had more recipes.
I enjoyed the developing friendship between Sam and Maggie. Sam was my favorite character.
I felt Elisabeth Rodgers was by turns, superb/outstanding/exceptionally good, but also fell into a cadence at times that irritated me... Still, I had to give the narration 5 stars because I enjoyed her reading more than most audiobooks I've listened to. James Chen was incredible...
I was pretty touched throughout the story actually... I particularly enjoyed the last half hour of the book.
I'm glad I picked this one up... I want to listen to it again...
Being a Chinese grew up in China, I highly appreciate this book. The author shows that she does understand and appreciate Chinese culture and its relationship with its cuisine. Very entertaining listen.
I already have.
The kitchen with his father and uncles all working with him.
Clear and just the right amount of drama.
For Love of Food and the Stories it Tells