Relationship psychotherapist Paula Hall explains: And all without moaning - unlike me when I go shopping with her. Christopher finds himself on a wild journey with his gay older brother, Peter, a pan-Pacific TV chef; the defrocked, deranged, and eroding ex-director of a Chinatown settlement house, Reverend Ted Candlewick; the sharp-eyed, conspiring matriarch Auntie Mary, the bridge between the conflicting values that make up this cultural stew; and Uncle Lincoln, a bachelor, short order cook, and, quite possibly, Christopher and Peter s father. There's nothing nicer or sweeter than nuzzling into your girlfriend's neck. Surprisingly, as Paula explains: It is also an intimate detail of a woman's body that only he is privy to. Men are more wired to seek signs of youth and vitality, indicators that she could bear children. But, according to Paula, men think a little muffin top is cute. My girlfriend looks great with it, and it reminds me of the amazing night we had before! It shows vulnerability and triggers his protective instinct. Further complicating Christopher s voyage are his ex-wives: Set against the backdrop of America s wars in Asia and the assimilation of that experience the refugees, the stereotypes, the food Eat Everything Before You Die is an ironic commentary on the identities the children of Chinese American immigrants concoct from their questionable histories, cultural practices, and survival strategies. The unkempt roots probably remind him of the girls his mum said he should avoid - which makes them doubly attractive.