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Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on the seamy underbelly of Singapore
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on the seamy underbelly of Singapore

The former Baltimore journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a fashionista who doubtless looks pulled-together even when she's sick in bed, a woman with a taste for Narciso Rodriguez gowns and Manolo Blahnik shoes. She also delights in fine food and wine — even if she is slender as a model, and even though she adopted a guise of determined ineptitude in her first book, "A Tiger in the Kitchen," which describes her attempts to learn to prepare the dishes of her native Singapore. But Cheryl Tan, noir connoisseur? There's something about a 39-year-old who clearly savors the good things in life that doesn't immediately jibe with a desire to explore the seamy...

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