For fans of foodie fiction, here's your summer read.
Natalie Tan returns home when she finds out her mother has died. She hasn't spoken to family or been home since she left seven years ago to become a chef, a job her family absolutely did not support. When Natalie returns to San Francisco's Chinatown, she is shocked to see that the vibrant neighborhood she remembers is fading. Businesses are failing and families are leaving.
But what's even more shocking is that she learns she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant. In an encounter with the neighborhood seer Natalie has the restaurant's fortune read. The seer tells her that she must cook three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed.
Natalie doesn't care to help the neighbors because these very neighbors were the ones who left her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was a child.
But with a little magic, some new friends, and maybe even a romantic interest, Natalie starts to realize she might have been wrong about a lot of things.