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A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Lovely book!

    This is an inspiring, funny, and hunger-inducing memoir about a young woman who goes back to her Singaporean roots and begs her Aunties to teach her to cook. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a feisty, intelligent, and rebellious Chinese girl, grew up with more freedom and independence then most young Chinese women. She left Singapore for college in the US at age 18 and was quickly westernized in her views and beliefs. At 30 years old she finds herself jobless in New York, increasingly out of touch with her Chinese family, and wishing she knew how to cook, a skill she scorned as a child despite growing up with a host of Aunties who were especially skilled. She begins making trips home to learn the dishes of her childhood and, naturally, learns a whole lot more in the process.

    Lovely book! To start with the food descriptions are fantastic. I can just smell the thick pineapple jam simmering and the braised duck sizzling in the wok. The writing is clean and fresh, not an imitation of one the many popular food writers, but uniquely her own. Her various family members are portrayed with love and humor. Cheryl talks about the highs and lows of learning how to create delicious food with such honesty and clarity that I kept finding myself nodding along. I remember so well what it feels like to slave all weekend over a project that ultimately fails or to whip up a miracle that people can't stop eating. A Tiger in the Kitchen is a charming book that anyone who takes pleasure in cooking will appreciate.

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