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Syndicated food columnist Furiya artfully blends childhood memories, food, and cultural identity in this candid, touching, and funny memoir revealing what life was like in the 1960s for the only Asian family living in Versailles, an Indiana farming community. Furiya shares stories about her family, Japanese traditions, and life in a Midwestern town in an elegant, compelling, and distinct style. She vividly describes her childhood in an engaging manner. Imagine feelings of embarrassment and isolation for a little girl whose lunchbox is filled with rice balls instead of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Food is at the center of her stories, and each chapter ends with a favorite Japanese dish. Chapters also explore Furiya's conflicted feelings concerning her ethnicity, identity, and her parents' arranged marriage. This beautifully written and insightful coming-of-age story is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Christine Holmes, San Jose State Univ. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.