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Author: Ann Mah Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9780062819888
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Kitchen Chinese, Ann Mah’s funny and poignant first novel about a young Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing to discover food, family, and herself is a delight—complete with mouth-watering descriptions of Asian culinary delicacies, from Peking duck and Mongolian hot pot to the colorful, lesser known Ants in a Tree that will delight foodies everywhere. Reminiscent of Elizabeth Gilbert’s runaway bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Mah’s tale of clashing cultures, rival siblings, and fine dining is an unforgettable, unexpectedly sensual listening experience—the story of one woman’s search for identity and purpose in an exotic and faraway land.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Emily Woo Zeller’s diverse accents set an international stage for this story about finding a sense of belonging. Zeller’s softened tones bring out Isabelle Lee’s loss of self-confidence…Zeller conjures the cultural melting pot of China and fluidly delivers the voices and accents of Australians, Americans, and Chinese. Her pronunciation is spot-on when speaking Mandarin and Cantonese, and without exaggeration she captures the accents and intonations of Chinese characters who are speaking English. Zeller’s solid performance showcases a touching and thought-provoking story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “Readers are transported to Beijing and introduced to the culture, social life, and culinary delights by Isabelle, a refreshing, at times bewildered, guide who is experiencing it all for the first time. Ultimately, it’s about the adventures life offers, and this one is certainly a warm and humorous one.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “The vibrant depiction of Beijing, lush descriptions of sumptuous Chinese meals, and Isabelle’s struggle with how others perceive her distinguish Mah’s first novel.”

    Booklist

  • “A refreshing and fun narrative, helped along by a fantastic heroine whose insights into modern China and the expatriate experience will intrigue readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A delicious debut novel, seasoned with just the right balance of humor and heart, and sprinkled with fascinating cultural tidbits.”

    Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs

  • “Suffused with humor, genuine warmth, and mouth-watering culinary descriptions.”

    Irina Reyn, author of What Happened to Anna K.

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

Ann Mah is a journalist and author. She was born in Orange County, California, and lived in Beijing for four years, where she was the dining editor for a monthly English-language magazine. She writes regularly for the South China Morning Post, Condé Nast Traveler, the International Herald Tribune, and on her blog, www.AnnMah.net. She was awarded a James Beard Culinary Scholarship in 2005.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.