Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
Book Feature - Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
HBL Note: In a previous post, I’d mentioned this event I did where I partnered with a wine seller who chose 6 wines to feature at a Books & Booze party and I “paired” a book to go with each wine. This was one of the books - I paired it with a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend. Cabernet is often called the King of Red Grapes and pairs well with a variety of foods. So it comes as no surprise that I would pair it with a book that is full of delicious recipes. Natalie TAn’s Book of Luck and Fortune is about a woman who inherits her mother’s restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Scroll down to read more!
From the publisher:
Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.
At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.
The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around—she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.