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Wednesday Weekly

Soy Sauce for Beginners

By Kirsten Chen




Happy New Year to all my book reading friends. I though that it would be appropriate to start of the New Year with a brand new book! I hope that everyone had a great 2013!! I wish you an even better 2014!!!

This is a new release that I obtained from Amazon for my Kindle for $1.99 through the Kindle First program. It is a really good book for the price! It was published by Lake Union Publishing and will be released in January 2014.

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

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 readers a hearty appreciation for family
loyalty and fresh starts ( description from Amazon).

This book is a quick read. It is easy to follow and understand. It is the struggle of a family business and it’s choices of how to remain successful and carry on. This is the coming of age story of Gretchen who must make big decisions in her life about what she really wants to do both in her personal and professional life. She has to find her way and embrace who she is. There is also a little thread of a love story woven in. The book is full of information about soy sauce. There is also elements of the Asian culture clash. The new ways vs. the old and problems of immigrants. Should she give up tradition and become more American or embrace her Asian culture? I found this book interesting. I give this book a 4 out 5.


2 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly

  1. I’ve seen this book on Amazon and found their description and yours intriguing. Since you have it 4 stars, it must be worth a try. Sounds like a cool story.

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