• Tastes Like War

  • A Memoir
  • By: Grace M. Cho
  • Narrated by: Cindy Kay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Tastes Like War

By: Grace M. Cho
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
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Publisher's Summary

Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a White American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details - language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was 15, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. 

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her parent’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her - but also the things that kept her alive.

©2021 Grace M. Cho (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Incredible

I felt a mixture of emotions listening to this... I gasped, felt goosebumps, and felt my eyes water even. I loved it, really. I could imagine this as a Netflix series. Professor Cho is a genius applying experience and love to anything she does.

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Must listen

This book is so well written. I was enraptured from the start. As a daughter of a mom with mental illness, it was also a heart warming healing story to listen to. I highly recommend it.

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Both heartwarming and heartbreaking

A poignant tribute to a survivor. Every daughter should be so lucky to have such a mother and every mother so lucky to have such a daughter.

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One time no Love

My family is from the same generation who moved to the US in the late 60's. I can completely relate to how depressing it would be not to be able to have Korean food.

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Really great story, dislike the narration

Why is a non-Korean reading this? There are many Korean-American individuals who are fluent in both languages. I did not like this narrator’s terrible mispronunciations and sometimes Chinese-sounding “accent”. I cringed every single time Korean words were read.

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A Memoir?

I'm 2/3 of the way through. The story has been very engaging, but something seems increasingly inauthentic. As the story goes on, it is less and less about Ms. Cho's Mom, and more and more about her own ideology (which she conveniently works into the narrative and her mom's storyline wherever possible). Over the course of the story, this. turns her Mom into a caricature and I find that to be sad. This is the first Audible book I'm going to stop before finishing, out of respect for her Mom. II have the uncomfortable feeling she's making up parts of this story to advance her own agenda. I truly hope I'm wrong and I wish I could have met Ms. Cho's Mom..

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Thank You Grace!

Heartfelt, illuminating, and honest. Wow.
I will read this with my social work students. The telling/audio of the story captures each character’s cadence beautifully.

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Incredible

The reading was beautiful and matched the beautiful writing. I’m in tears. I finished the book. It’s gorgeous.

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Incredible story - masterfully performed

This is so much more than a memoir - it is a history lesson; a sociological analysis; it is a menu to be longed for and of course it is a love story between a daughter and her mother… incredible.

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good. ending was meh

only complaint was the ending seemed kind of flat and unfinished. idk just my oppinion.