Soy Sauce for BeginnersTitle : Soy Sauce For Beginners

Author : Kirstin Chen

ISBN-10 :  0544114396

ISBN-13 : 978-0544114395

Paperback : 256 pages

The Plot :

Gretchen Lin, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves her floundering marriage in San Francisco to move back to her childhood home in Singapore and immediately finds herself face-to-face with the twin headaches she’s avoided her entire adult life: her mother’s drinking problem and the machinations of her father’s artisanal soy sauce business.

Surrounded by family, Gretchen struggles with the tension between personal ambition and filial duty, but still finds time to explore a new romance with the son of a client, an attractive man of few words. When an old American friend comes to town, the two of them are pulled into the controversy surrounding Gretchen’s cousin, the only male grandchild and the heir apparent to Lin’s Soy Sauce. In the midst of increasing pressure from her father to remain permanently in Singapore — and pressure from her mother to do just the opposite—Gretchen must decide whether she will return to her marriage and her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, or sacrifice everything and join her family’s crusade to spread artisanal soy sauce to the world.

Soy Sauce for Beginners reveals the triumphs and sacrifices that shape one woman’s search for a place to call home, and the unexpected art and tradition behind the brewing of a much-used but unsung condiment. The result is a foodie love story that will give listeners a hearty appreciation for family loyalty and fresh starts.

Review :

Simple, easy and fast to read, Soy Sauce for Beginners offers a good escape for a couple of hours. The story line is not complicated and the characters are relatable. Set in Singapore and San Francisco, the story is about finding your place in the world, your true calling and discovering the meaning of family ties. What I loved most about the book were all the descriptions of the food. I also felt I learnt to appreciate Soy Sauce more since I learnt more about it than I thought there was to know.  All in all a good read.

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