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Fortune In Your Cookies

Finding Financial Wisdom in Everyday Eating

By Meena Cheng

Fortune In Your Cookies
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2002,
    229 pages.

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Fortune in Your Cookies combines the sensuality found in food with the stoic subject of money, creating a uniquely enchanting and informative personal finance book that can be described as Chocolat meets Wall Street.

Who would have guessed that the secret to great wealth is ensconced in a simple beef stew? What financial wisdom can you find in a crawfish? Do you find yourself fumbling in the kitchen as you do in life? And how would eating sushi help you get out and stay out of debt?

Certified Financial Planner, CPA and culinary aficionado, Meena Cheng, seamlessly and logically weaves together timeless cooking principles and money management techniques to show how readers can create great wealth the same way great dishes are created in the kitchen.

Using a combination of food metaphors, delicious recipes and witty dialogues, Cheng uses her 20-year financial experience to talk about the everyday financial hurdles her readers may encounter, challenges their "can't do" beliefs and offers practical solutions to help them overcome these obstacles.

Fortune In Your Cookies has been featured in many newspapers, and on radio and TV stations nationwide, including CNBC.

  • Learn how the principles embodied in making Cherries Jubilee can help you avoid fumbling through life.

  • Discover the secret ingredient to great wealth that is encapsulated in the Million Dollar Beef Stew.

  • While watching the ten-course dinner extravaganza unfold, learn how blissful your life could become if only you could take care of yourself as well as the restaurant takes care of its servers.

  • At the sushi bar, find out how the only way to break away from debt is to have a fundamental shift of your mindset and recognize that the obstacles to your financial freedom may all be in your head.

  • Seeing how much of the shell we throw away before getting to the edible tail of the crawfish reminds us how much taxes are taken out from our paychecks and the importance to minimize our income taxes.

  • When the ingredients are superb and the seasonings are balanced, neither fancy skills nor chichi steps are needed to cook up a delightful meal. Learn how this philosophy of simplicity and balance is also the cornerstone to successful investing.

  • Few of us expect our homes to burn down by leaving an egg on the stove too long, yet they happen. To protect those we love, we need to plan for the unexpected.

  • An unusual dish for an unusual time, find out what it is in the chapter on gifting and estate planning.

  • When a marriage comes to an end and the financial pie needs to be divided, how do you reach a divorce agreement that is fair and equitable?

Fortune in Your Cookies will take you on a journey to discover some of the most profound financial wisdom ensconced in everyday eating, and put you on a path to become financially independent.

Chapter Two
Million Dollar Beef Stew

Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.
-- Brian Tracy

When the incessant Seattle rain starts to feel like the Chinese water torture, it's time to head over to Ronnie's house and wheedle a bowl of beef stew from her. Though Ronnie is my favorite cousin, I can say without prejudice that nobody makes a better beef stew than she does. And the price of her stew is quite reasonable – just a bottle of her favorite Cabernet Sauvignon and a loaf of crusty Italian bread from her favorite bakery, which is inconveniently located all the way on the other side of town. Even counting the hour of back and forth traffic to the bakery, it's still a small price to pay for a piece of gastronomic paradise and a delightful evening of her company. We made our dinner date for Saturday night at six o'clock.

At ten minutes to six, armed with the red wine and crusty bread, I arrived at Ronnie'...

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Deftly written by certified financial planner and culinary gourmet Meena Cheng, Fortune In Your Cookies Finding Financial Wisdom In Everyday Eating uses great food dishes as a metaphor for making wise choices and preparations for one's financial future. From investing wisely to protecting oneself against catastrophe to funding your dreams and ensuring an equitable division in the unfortunate case of divorce, Fortune In Your Cookies is a solid and clever presentation of serious money matters in simple terms, easily understood and digested by anyone who enjoys a good meal!

Sacramento Bees

....a recipe for financial prosperity.

Author Blurb Mark Victor Hanson, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Eat your way rich by eating up the brilliance and insights in this book.

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This is a very entertaining and informative book recommended for anyone who feels that money controls them, instead of them being in control of their money.
Written in a style similar to the very popular Fish and Who Moved My Cheese, but with its ...   Read More

Michela, March 2002

'Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death' is a line from 'Auntie Mame.' Good food and good financial planning can help one live life to its fullest. In 'Fortune in Your Cookies,' Meena Cheng combines her expertise in...   Read More

Beth Hartford, March 2002 

Yep. Chocolat meets Wall Street!
What would you say if I told you that there is an awesome book available that not only gives you best financial advise as well as some super easy recipes for the most discriminating palate? Well, there is. Titled ...   Read More

Joseph Pierre, March 2002

A delicious recipe book; the entree is financial planning.  
Meena Cheng has a winner here! The nine recipes in the book are genuinely good and appropriate: Cherries Jubilee; Million Dollar Beef Stew; Beginner's Sushi; Fiery Gumbo; Prawn Stir Fry; ...   Read More

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