I loved how she wove actual Chinese into the story, though the lack of tone used by the narrator meant it was always a little off, and though set in Beijing, no Beijing accent applied. Still I loved the simple story. Not complex or too surprising but compelling enough to get to the end in a few sittings. Makes me want to track down some of the references to poems and foods. I learned a new phrase: 油而不腻, meaning "taste of fat but not too greasy" a rare thing in average Chinese meals. But having been to China and experienced real food there, I appreciated the joyous exploration of food and relationships.
Really gave a captivating insight into Chinese food- the art of eating. Loved those descriptions. It was a little disappointing in the last chapter or so- I would have liked a little more But overall I loved it and now would really love to go to China if I could experience anything resembling this :)
Yes, it's a book I would revisit every few years.
Perhaps The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Swet due to,the clash between cultures.
No, but they were both outstanding.
It would have to be the chef himself. I would want him to explain the meaning behind each dish.
I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author.
This book kept me wanting to listen longer. Really enjoyed the entire story.
I learned a lot about food and how I have been looking at food from a very narrow perspective.
I enjoyed this book completely. Well read. I loved the interspersing of quotes from the old book . Took me to another world Good for some armchair traveling. Prepare to be hungary
I listened to this book during a critical transition phase in my life learning to deal with a loss. The story was soothing and I was comfortably reflective listening to it. A good book with realistic characters that a listener will feel connected to. I also felt a deep connection to China and its history listening to the descriptions of values and cultures.
I wanted to listen to this straight through. The cadence was great, the historical commentary on both food and politics were perfect. I really cant think of a way to improve on the entire experience.
The descriptions of cooking and food were fascinating. The story itself was not. It was formulaic and predictable, and mildly entertaining.
Elisabeth Rodgers's voice is a bit depressing and flat. James Chen's voice is more interesting and engaging.
It was OK. At first, I wasn't going to finish it but I got hooked on the food.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
First of all , let me admit , that I am a foodie. When my husband found out this book was about a food writer and a chef, he lost all interest. Is being a foodie a requirement ? No I don't think so. I, thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere set out by the author successfully transported me to China. The characters were developed enough that I was easily able to buy into the story. The narrators did a marvelous job of putting me in the scene. All in all a good story.