The Last Chinese Chef

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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. A Trade paperback from 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

‘A story of food, healing and love’ reads the blurb.

It’s that … and more. Food writer, Maggie goes on a quest to Beijing, China, to discover the truth behind her late husband’s infidelity and subsequent paternity suit. The search coincides with the opportunity to interview rising culinary star, Sam Liang for a magazine.

The story seems like a straight forward piece like the many emotionally unattached stories she’s written before, but she is soon captivated by China and discovers a food steeped in ancient history and philosophy. She cannot help being drawn into Sam’s world—and begins to understand his passion to re-connect with familial culinary roots.

He gives her a sumptuous insight into Chinese cuisine and she begins a gastronomically enchanting journey—one that ultimately sees her healing from the tragedy of her husband’s untimely death and shock discovery of his betrayal.

A great read for the foodies and romantics out there.

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Lois Nicholls is an Australian freelance journalist. She is also the author of "Aussie, Actually," which captures her heartfelt experiences as a South African migrant living in Australia. Her second book, "Bye-bye Bikini", published in August 2018, is a series of frank and humorous essays navigating everyday life from the perspective of a fifty-something former newspaper and magazine journalist. Her first children's book, "What Dog is That?" available in hardcopy from was published in May 2019. Her books on Amazon: