Stealing Buddha's Dinner
By Bich Minh Nguyen
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670038329, 272pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2007
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As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic- seeming than her Buddhist grandmother's traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled "delicacies" of mainstream America capture her imagination.