Hungry For More

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literacy campaigns to property developments. After a splendid meal — with an envelope of cash "for your troubles" — Dan has a revelation: all he needs to continue this charmed life is a fake business card and a nonexistent website.

Thus begins Dan's career in journalism — and Geling Yan's shark-fin-sharp satire on cuisine and...

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