January 8th at 7:00
“I don’t think there’s ever been anything quite like this. It’s a love story, it’s a mystery, and it’s also the most thorough explanation of Chinese food that I’ve ever read in the English language.” (Ruth Reichl, npr.org, “Summer Book Recommendations” )
“A stunning picture of a country caught between tradition and modern life.” (Entertainment Weekly )
“Engrossing…In her care, the lovingly prepared meal is both a conscious act of culinary craft, meticulously described, and a metaphor for meaningful spiritual exploration.” (Seattle Times )
“Nicole Mones has written a page-turner both exciting and wise, one to nourish the head, the stomach, and the soul.” (David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly )
“This novel will transport you to the world of a hidden Chinese culinary culture rarely experienced outside of China . . .With meticulously researched gastronomic details, Mones’s novel will entice foodies interested in the theory and craft behind Chinese cuisine and the Chinese takeout aficionado alike.” (Northwest Asian Weekly )
“Maybe you’re not hungry.Maybe you’ve never considered the imperial heights of Chinese cuisine. Nicole Mones can change that with the flip of a page . . . Mones knows there are many ways to sustain and nourish the people we love.” (Charlotte Observer )
The South Berwick Public Library book group meets the first Wednesday of every month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction selections. Copies of this month’s selection are usually available at the library for anyone who wants to join us. If we run out of copies you can order one through the MILS catalog to be delivered to South Berwick or ask us to do this for you.