Though the narrative can get bogged down in the minutiae of Chinese culinary history (filtered through the experiences of Sam's family), Mones's descriptions of fine cuisine are tantalizing, and her protagonist's quest is bracing and unburdened by melodrama.
Early in her visit, Maggie scoffs at the idea that "food can heal the human heart." Mones smartly proves her wrong.
“It’s my goal and passion to increase the quality of your lifestyle.” -JNL Jennifer is one of the world's most accomplished Super Fitness Models, and is an international celebrity due to her high profile wellness merchandise and key media appearances.
Jennifer’s career as a top fitness expert and icon began when she lost over 80 lbs after the birth of her children.
Before Maggie embarks on the obligatory trip to investigate, her editor assigns her a profile on Sam Liang, a half-Chinese American chef living in Beijing who is about to enter a prestigious cooking competition.
Sam's old-school recipes and history lessons of high Chinese cuisine kick-start Maggie's dulled passion for food and help her let go of her grief, even as she learns of Matt's Beijing bed hopping.
Jennifer is also a powerful marketing expert, appearing in numerous globally broadcast infomercials for her signature products including the Ab Circle Pro, Mini Circle, and Chest Magic, and on top shopping networks, such as QVC and The Home Shopping Network.
Jennifer’s energy, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit combined with a burning desire to help others drove her to create the JNL brand.Maggie loves being in the middle of it all and finds herself more and more drawn to Sam.She begins, with Sam's help, to see food as "healing" and understands the guanxi or "connectedness" that takes place around food.In short, “JNL” is an extremely successful global mega-brand. Lee is a fitness celebrity, a bestselling author, a highly sought-after spokes model, being the name/face/and body of all of her lifestyle brands, wellness products, exercise equipment, DVDs, home, bath, bedding, spa, and electronic downloads, and websites.However and most importantly she is a devoted wife and mother, representing the millions of other mom’s and wives in the world with a brand they can trust.This time she hits the trifecta: the personal stories of Sam and Maggie, the history and lore of Chinese cuisine, and an inside look at cultural dislocation.