Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:
By Jennifer K. Chung
3-Day Books, 2011
Daisy Wang’s older sister Samantha is getting married in three months, but things don’t look too promising as their Taiwanese parents are still shunning Sam’s white fiancé Patrick.
As a means of escape from the pre-wedding drama and her family’s scrutiny regarding her future, teriyaki connoisseur Daisy distracts herself by going on a search for a mysterious ever-relocating teriyaki food truck with a ghostly looking (and supposedly cursed) chef.
I really enjoyed reading about Daisy’s ongoing hunt for the teriyaki truck, as well as the reviews she writes on her blog about the different teriyaki joints she tries. This part was particularly fun because the story takes place in Seattle and Chung localizes it by setting Daisy’s food excursions in various neighborhoods and cities in the greater Puget Sound area, such as Ballard, Belltown, Southcenter, Renton, Issaquah, and Puyallup.
For local readers like me, this nod to the less “mainstream” areas of the Pacific Northwest will make you want to visit these areas to see if the restaurants really exist.
Despite her ongoing truck hunt and teriyaki tasting, Daisy does get pulled into the fold of Sam’s tumultuous relationship with their mother and does her best, albeit reluctantly, to be the moderator.
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