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.
""Relevant not only to anyone who's ever lusted after the perfect snack . . . but anyone who's ever felt like an outsider.""
-San Francisco Chronicle
""A charming memoir . . . Her prose is engaging, precise, compact.""
-The New York Times Book Review
""Her typical and not-so-typical childhood experiences give her story a universal flavor.""