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Title: Cooking For Her Eyes
Author: Susan Uehara Rakstang
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Audience: Adult
Word Count: 83,015

Assessment:
Idea: “I structured this memoir as Beethoven structured his Piano Sonata No. 8,” Rakstang explains in the endnotes to her exquisite memoir of love, family, friendship, food, music and becoming a woman whose every thought and action creates art out of life itself. This is a luminous memoir that nurtures the soul even as it pleases the intellect by its aesthetic grace, brilliance and wit.

Prose/Style: The music of Rakstang’s prose is like the music that inspires her – simple and understated at times, then swelling into an unexpected lyrical beauty that overwhelms the reader with delight. Among the many hats this author wears – architect, chef, musician, daughter, mother, wife, mentor, friend – must also be numbered ‘poet.”

Originality: So many shimmering threads are gently woven into this magical narrative, yet nothing seems forced or out of place. The author writes as graciously as she has lived; it is a pleasure to be welcomed into the tenderness of her worldview.

Character Development/Execution: It is Rakstang’s gift to be able create the people she loves on the page as vividly as they appear to her in her own memories. The book is beautifully and thoughtfully constructed, with all the patient, painstaking attention to detail the author employs in creating an origami crane, an architectural drawing, a meal that is a feast for both the eyes and the palate, or a life that is rich in family, friendship, and personal fulfillment.

Score:
Plot/Idea: 10
Originality: 10
Prose: 10
Character/Execution: 10
Overall: 10.00

Report Submitted: January 28, 2021

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Book review of Susan Uehara's Cooking for Her Eyes by Marc Louis-Boyard

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