Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

By Kirstin Chen

Gretchen Lin, adrift on the age of thirty, leaves her floundering marriage in San Francisco to maneuver again to her youth domestic in Singapore and instantly unearths herself face-to-face with the dual complications she’s refrained from her complete grownup lifestyles: her mother’s ingesting challenge and the machinations of her father’s artisanal soy sauce company. Surrounded via kin, Gretchen struggles with the strain among own ambition and filial accountability, yet nonetheless reveals time to discover a brand new romance with the son of a consumer, an enticing guy of few phrases. whilst an outdated American good friend involves city, the 2 of them are pulled into the debate surrounding Gretchen’s cousin, the one male grandchild and the inheritor obvious to Lin’s Soy Sauce. in the middle of expanding strain from her father to stay completely in Singapore—and strain from her mom to just do the opposite—Gretchen needs to make a decision no matter if she's going to go back to her marriage and her graduate experiences on the San Francisco Conservatory, or sacrifice every thing and subscribe to her family’s campaign to unfold artisanal soy sauce to the realm. *Soy Sauce for novices* finds the triumphs and sacrifices that form one woman’s look for a spot to name domestic, and the unforeseen artwork and culture at the back of the brewing of a much-used yet unsung condiment. the result's a foodie love tale that would supply readers a hearty appreciation for relations loyalty and clean begins. chosen as considered one of *O Magazine*’s “7 Books that would shipping You to a different World” **

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