This is both an exhilarating story and a wonderful evocation of Chinese cooking. In her hands, the sensual, romantic elements of haute Chinese cuisine become the perfect ingredients to lift the troubled soul of a grieving American woman- Book Passage
Nicole Mones is an American novelist. As of May 2007, she has published three novels, entitled Lost in Translation, which appeared in 1998 (not connected with the 2002 film of the same title), A Cup of Light (2002) and a third, The Last Chinese Chef, released in May of 2007.
Lost in Translation won the 1998 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize awarded by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English at the University of Rochester for best work of fiction by an American woman. Mones' novels have been translated into at least 10 languages. She also contributes articles about Chinese cuisine to Gourmet magazine.