This book however was bought from another pal's store at the normal price of $7 for the greek edition which i think is still low comparing to the price offered by the original American publisher
The Greek version of Ann mah's book contains 250 pages with 43 lines of 10 picas Times font , and the same applies to all other editions and all book are bonded with a plastic cover to protect the casual viewer to damage it . I thought that this book may contain recipes of Chinese kitchen . I was slightly disappointed that it was just a novel .
As i read from various sources in the net , the original book aso contains several recipes on it end .The greek version does not. Now on the story . without writing spoilers. This is possibly the authors story when she left USA to work in the contemporary CHina to work for a newspaper in Beijing and the culture shock she felt living in a place far different from the country she leaved or grown. She is a 30 yrs old girl and 3nd generation Chinese. and this book describes her adventures and feelings all the time she leaved there . As specialist in cooking she writes about Chinese cooking visiting Chinese restaurants in behalf of the newspaper though she understands that her knowledge is still quite limited .
The story is quite funny . lots of humor , and full of emotions to the level of naivety and much of romance ,but no suspense . MUch of the story nearly the first half of it, is dramatized in the USA
Though this bok refers to cooking , it is sometimes gets me tirred to read what she ate and skipped that passage . This reminds me quite much the way the book KL underground was writen , also by a Chinese. May i suppose it is the srtyle of Chinese writers to write all the time what they are eating???