SECC Educational TV

Kirstin and the writer Nayomi Munaweera were filmed at SummerWords 2015 and featured on SECC.

Epicure Magazine

Kirstin and her book are featured in Epicure’s “10 Minutes With…” column.

The Straits Times

Kirstin will be attending the 2014 Singapore Writers Festival, headlined by Paul Theroux and Naomi Wolf.

NPR’s Here and Now

Soy Sauce for Beginners makes Here and Now’s list of “Books To Check Out This Summer”!

The Christian Science Monitor

“This lovely little story about familial love, duty, growing up, and finding oneself is perfect for summer.”

KCUI 88.9 FM’s Writers on Writing

Nicole Nelson interviews Kirstin, along with the writer Lara Vapnyar. (Kirstin’s part starts at around 24:30.)

Play on Words reading series

Actor Melinda Marks performs an excerpt from Soy Sauce for Beginners.

The Daily Quirk

“It’s not often that a book comes along and completely sweeps me off my feet, but that’s exactly what Kirstin Chen’s debut novel, Soy Sauce for Beginners, does…This book kept me turning pages until there were no more left to turn.”


Matthew Salesses interviews Kirstin, along with the writer Catherine Chung, for his “Many Voices” column.

Necessary Fiction

Kirstin’s essay, “To Soy Sauce Enlightenment and Back” is featured in Necessary Fiction’s Research Notes series.

NPR’s Here and Now

Kirstin is interviewed by Meghna Chakrabarti.

Washington Independent Review of Books

“Chen’s language is vivid and sensuous and mouthwatering…Her knowledge of Singapore’s complexities and contradictions gives the novel a radiant, multifaceted backdrop.”


Kirstin and her book are featured in Metro , which states, “Chen’s flavorful prose will have you thinking about the often dismissed condiment in a whole new way.”

Webster-Kirkwood Times

“Chen keeps the action at a steady pace with well-placed dialogue and setting, making it hard to put down, even for sleep.”

Largehearted Boy

Largehearted Boy  features Kirstin’s playlist for Soy Sauce for Beginners, which it calls “an assuredly told and engaging debut novel.”

USA Today

Kirstin is featured in USA Today‘s “New Voices.”

Writer’s Digest

Kirstin’s essay is part of Writer’s Digest‘s recurring feature, “How I Got My Agent.”


Soy Sauce for Beginners  is chosen as a “Book club pick for 2014″.

San Jose Mercury

“Chen navigates the culture with the insight of an insider.”

The Straits Times

Soy Sauce for Beginners  is an assured debut novel as light and flavorful as the condiment spicing its pages.”

Hartford Guardian

“A funny and heartfelt novel exploring the intersections of food, family, and culture.”

Audrey Magazine

Soy Sauce for Beginners  is featured as a recommended read.

Soy Sauce for Beginners  is chosen as one of “Eighteen Books to Pick Up in January”.

O, The Oprah Magazine

Soy Sauce for Beginners  is featured as one of “Ten Titles That Will Broaden Your Point of View”.


“The perfect blend of family drama, complicated romance, and behind-the-scenes artisanal brewing of the world’s most unsung condiment.”


“Gretchen’s journey of self-discovery forms the backbone of this story about family, tradition, and honor. Foodies will appreciate the behind-the-scenes look at the world of artisanal soy sauce, while others will enjoy Chen’s tribute to her native Singapore.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Soy Sauce for Beginners ] is…a lighthearted glimpse into the rapidly changing culture and economy of Singapore, and into the lives of the young people hoping to find their future there.”