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The last Chinese chef

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Published by Houghton Mifflin in Boston .
Written in English


  • Americans,
  • Cooking,
  • Food writers,
  • Fiction

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Maggie McElroy, an American food writer, is still mourning the death of her husband when she gets the shocking news that a paternity claim has been filed in China against his estate. Was it possible that he had fathered the now five-year-old girl while working in his law firm"s Beijing office? When she"s assigned to go to China to interview a half American, half Chinese chef, she decides to personally investigate the claim against her husband, with an unexpected outcome.

Edition Notes

StatementNicole Mones
LC ClassificationsPS3563.O519 L37 2007
The Physical Object
Pagination278 p. ;
Number of Pages278
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24747686M
ISBN 100618619666
ISBN 109780618619665
LC Control Number2006030469

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The richness of the book comes with the excerpts from a book called The Last Chinese Chef at the beginning of each chapter, written in by the chef's grandfather. As Sam explains the concept of food in China, that it is more than sustenance but "should tease and provoke the mind", Maggie begins her own journey of healing/5(). At the beginning of each chapter is a paragraph taken from a book entitled The Last Chinese Chef, written by Sam's grandfather and translated by Sam and his father/5(). The chef, Sam Liang, comes from a long line of chefs -- his grandfather wrote a well-respected book on Chinese cooking, which he is attempting to translate into English. Maggie agrees. Turns out the restaurant has hit a snag, but said chef is about to enter a cooking competition, sort of the Olympics of Chinese cuisine.   Excerpt and Recipe: 'The Last Chinese Chef' May 5, • teaser here Note: Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive.

The Last Chinese Chef You may know Chinese food; you may even love it. But The Last Chinese Chef will take you into a world of Chinese food you never even knew existed. Here is the hidden universe of one of the world's great cuisines. Its philosophy, its concepts, and its artistic ambitions are all illuminated in a story that's entertaining, emotionally satisfying, and erudite.   Sam’s grandsire Liang Wei wrote The Last Chinese Chef, the definitive treatise on cuisine based on centuries-old dining traditions at the Forbidden City, where the Liangs wielded woks. Sam’s father Liang Yeh fled China for Ohio during the Cultural Revolution.   The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones 1. “The right foods can ease the mind and heart” (p. 37). What is the relationship between food, body, and mind? What does the journey taken by Maggie teach us about loss, food, and healing? 2. How is Sam positioned in relation to Chinese food? How does he learn to. The Last Chinese Chef is a love story, but not between two people. It is a love story between the author and authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine. Maggie a middle-aged widow and food writer, is shocked to find a paternity claim has been made against her late husband's estate/5.