On Saturday, Feb. 12, The Second Saturday Northwest Authors Series will bring award-winning Portland scribe Nicole Mones to the Cannon Beach  Library at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12..

A regular contributor to Gourmet Magazine and a novelist, Mones she ran a business in China for 18 years before she started writing about the country. Her third novel, "The Last Chinese Chef," published in 2008, won an award for best U.S.-published cookbook even though it contained no recipes, and is the first work of fiction ever excerpted by Gourmet Magazine.

"Both entertaining and learned, ‘The Last Chinese Chef’ just might be the perfect leisure read,” raved the Wall Street Journal. “It effortlessly weaves together a fast-paced romantic plot with profound precepts from ancient Chinese food culture. This delicious book will leave you with an intense craving for perfectly prepared Chinese food."

"Stunning picture of a country caught between tradition and modern life," echoed Entertainment Weekly.

Mones also wrote "Lost in Translation" (1999)  and "A Cup of Light" (2003).

For more information on this free Cannon Beach Library event, call  (503) 436-1391.

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