Yes. It's a very informative story about the interactions between a western woman and a Chinese American man in China as they deal with two very different world views and cultures. The information about traditional Chinese cuisine is fascinating and enjoyably educational.
Sam, although the Uncles are pretty interesting characters too.
Their voices were suitable for the characters and just a pleasure to hear.
Without giving away too much of the story, I felt like weeping when Sam didn't win the contest. The following scenes with the Uncles and Maggie were culturally realistic and very moving.
I spent a few months in China and have lived in other Asian countries and I appreciated the way the cultures were presented. The usual stereotypes were missing. Thank goodness for that.
This book was a pleasant surprise! I was not sure what to expect when it first began but after listening I would highly recommend it. A journey through the culture and cuisine from China via a story. The narrators are excellent!
This is a very enjoyable novel. Yes, it is a romance, and will probably mostly appeal to women readers, but it is not 'typical' of that genre. Because of the travel and wonderful foodie appeal, it reminded me in some ways of Eat, Pray, Love. I particularly liked the maturity of the characters, both in age and life experience. The narration was excellent as well.
I really enjoyed this book It was very interesting and I received greater insight into the
Chinese culture while listening to a well told story. I have recommended it to my friends and will look for the work of this author and narrators again. Thanks for the entertainment
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.
The Janeite geek
This is one of those audiobooks that I acquired primarily because of the narrator, not the author. (I would gladly listen to Elisabeth Rodgers reading the phone book.) It was a pleasant surprise, then, that the story turned out to be excellent. The Last Chinese Chef was my first Mones experience and her in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture and cuisine was obvious. Being a foodie as well, I caught myself trying to write down the recipes for the different dishes.
Aside from being gastronomic, it was sometimes a bit too gnomic as well. With aphorisms flying left and right you might think that Lao Tzu or Confucious would jump out of the woodwork at any time. I have a number of Chinese friends but I never noticed as much philosophical proclamation as in the book. However, this might be the case in China, or maybe it’s just those Chinese chefs. Move over, Julia!
Kudos to Elisabeth Rodgers for her very convincing Chinese accent. At least I was convinced, but since I do not speak it myself, I will leave final judgment to the Chinese-speaking readers out there.
All in all, it was an excellent and very satisfying read—much like the sumptuous dishes described within. And maybe it’s true what they say about Chinese food—I found myself wanting more just half and hour after finishing the book. I am hoping for seconds from Ms Mones.
The book was interesting but I did get a bit bored with it. It moves at a slow pace.
Wonderful story about chinese Cuisine, history, traditions and family values. And a modern, very beautiful love story.
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.