2.5 stars. wow, this is a fast read. it's funny because after all the high-blown language in the last book i read (that i complained about) i felt like there wasn't enough in this one.really, though, i liked this book so much more when i first read it years and years ago. i still love the idea and imagery of feelings and emotions being cooked into food and affecting everyone who eats the meal. but it just wasn't written all that well (or translated all that well, it's hard for me to know).kept me reading and was ok, just not great.