The Feast

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After transmigrating into the body of an abandoned wife of a little marquis in Ancient China, Su Nuan Nuan, a modern-day food lover was delighted!

Who cares about being abandoned?

Look at this nice garden, just right for a vegetable patch, let’s just live our life freely without constraint. Dear husband can just play with those secondary wives and concubines, while she lives the luxurious and free life of an abandoned official wife.

Finally, she can fulfill her dream of doing nothing but eat, sleep and cook. Let’s cook more delicious food with all these all organic, non-GMO ingredients!

But the good times did not last long.

Her husband grew curious about the new and exciting dishes coming out of her little kitchen and wanted her back in his inner palace.

Too bad Nuan Nuan had no interest in being part of his harem.

Just go away, you slutty Male Lead!

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食锦
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Asha7
Asha7 rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: Completed
I really liked the FL and her personality. Her focus always was on food. But on the romantic aspect, I couldn't come in term with the ML he had just too many baggages and the romance was nothing special. The translation was well done (really great job) but this story is not my cup of tea. Either you like it or don't like it from a personal point of view. This is not a story for people who don't like the ML with a flourishing harem.
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ML has a backyard with other wives and lots of children (not one ore two, I mean lots of children) and is nothing special. His personality was changing too much. The author wanted him to be likable to the readers and was adding many surprising layers for him, for me it was too forced. He needed that so that you feel he deserved the FL. But he had a backyard full of scheming evil women and was a very lusty person (who even has a child with his concubine's dowry maid) and matched the era. The romance is too cheap for me. Only the comedy elements and the FL who cares about food keep the story light but it is still full of usual backyard and harem drama. FL is strangly easily adapting to the harem concept after a bit and is too much understanding of the ML and feels no jealousy for the other women, it's weird. I mean she is a modern woman and which woman likes the exes still existing in your backyards and especially when they are scheming you and even if she say she won't share her husband, in reality he is also the husband to the concubines. You can't cut them loose because of the children and that is a permanent binding. And she is embracing and liking all his childrens. Yes, she becomes pregnant later but it was nothing special, I mean there are already a bunch of children, hers is nothing special, like one of the concubine comented on. Only her personality let go of the ML faults. As long as the FL is not caring so should the reader do the same. But I don't know, I thought that they are too many children (but it makes it also realistic for that era). I think I'm not personally comfortable with the romantic aspect and romantic subject. I just read to know the end. I also thought it was unfair for her to transmigrate in the body of an alreadt married woman, sooner or later she had to get along with the lawful husband, however his character is. She wanted to avoid it but had to settle for it. The romance was fixed from the start. So people who don't like such harem and such a ML, then avoid it.

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Gumihou
Gumihou rated it
April 5, 2018
Status: Completed
Translator here, I actually begged the original translator to let me help so that this lightnovel gets translated more quickly. It's also THE Chinese lightnovel that got me into translations in the first place.

I have one advice for everyone.

Keep reading, it's interesting as hell with all the amazing things Su Nuan Nuan could make and bring into this world. As for the comments about this being a harem, in theory having been transmigrated into an actual harem while almost dying from starvation is pretty traumatic. As a foodie... more>> who is still a virgin, I'd say her 'meh' attitide towards her husband's harem is pretty spot on.

Stay for the food people!

And...
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the hint of BL for some real romance

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Bkgksan
Bkgksan rated it
January 12, 2021
Status: extra 4 part2
Transmigration of a modern day foodie to an ancient China. I personally liked it. The story was way more realistic than lots of transmigration stories. The Female Lead is very strong and is labelled as a shrew and a tigress but somehow wins over the ML. ML starts out sounding like a scum but he changes over time and the change is slow. The translators have done a great job. The food pics were highly appreciated.

I see lots of the reviews complaining about how the FL forgave the scum ML... more>> for having 3 wives and 2 concubines and a bunch of children and she eventually accepts the ML and lives with them happily. But I feel you are looking at this wrong. She has transmigrated to an ancient time with different morals. Yes, she could go and say that she wants a monogamous relationship (she eventually has it) but what about the women and kids that were already there. Was she supposed to kill them all off? She is able to win everyone over with her cooking, her honesty and her love. The kids are the first to realize this. When she accepts her husband, she says that while she feels sorry for the wives he already has, he has to be true to her and she will not accept anything else. By this point, the husband know she comes from a different time where only monogamous relationships are accepted and he has truly fallen for her. At this time, he no longer has any lusty feelings for the other women, except a sense of responsibility because he slept with them or married them in. When he is true to her, he is true to her. To expect a man born with different world ideals to change is hard -- unrealistic, I feel. We are all the product of the world around us. Equality, monogamous relationships -- are all modern world ideas. Even in the modern world polygamy exists, people cheat, people breakup, divorce and marry multiple times. Not everyone is like this but it exists. To have a hate for this concept and saying this story is bad, I feel is too naive. The story is good. A few errors in terms of food items maybe. The author has the right to make the story go the way they want. If you dont like it, just move on. The translators put in a lot to bring this to us, we should appreciate it. <<less
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ElianaDiana
ElianaDiana rated it
December 2, 2018
Status: c48
Surely you saw there are no romance tag. If you wanna enjoy this novel, it's purely for comedy and the typical bickering of ancient china family with multiple wifes and concubines.

But the comedy of the family dynamics and the drama? Hilarious! I truly enjoyed it.

MC poisonous mouth, perghhh. Walaweh! First class! Thanks to the translator!
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Eliza993
Eliza993 rated it
August 4, 2020
Status: c29
I like the comedy and food part. However, ML was absolutely disgusting, he was extremely lustful and had a ton of children and wives. I wish so bad for the MC to divorce him.

It is impossible that a modern women would accept that piece of sh.... Even though it might be realistic for that time period.

I couldn't bear with it anymore so I had to drop. If it weren't for him. I would rate this novel 5 stars.
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Maria Jasmine
Maria Jasmine rated it
January 20, 2019
Status: c52
I like novel that have details on food but somehow this novel make me feel frust as I read it, as I always remember that he have a childs before the child from main wife (mc) born.. It got me a bit disappointed and as I read, I try to forget about it as it had mention that the ML is a playboy and as far I read, the ML doesn't seem to leave to many impression to me besides being a glutton. Transmigarator meet reincarnation is much better than... more>> this, at least the ML doesn't have concubine or being a playboy although he hate the FL? <<less
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Phrille0507
Phrille0507 rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c139
The story is good but it starts to get boring in the middle because of the male lead and the plot. It kinda disappointing that she transmigrated to a woman who is already married to a husband with a backyard full of concubines and ML children... It's really hard to like the male lead because of this...

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There was one chapter where he realizes already that she loves the MC but when the concubine is acting coquettishly in front of him saying why is she ignoring him, He promises her that he will come to her to spend the night.

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After reading that felt the ML is a slag.. hahaha yes I know he is her concubine and it is normal during that time period.. But really its hard for me to read... Also I am already at chapter 139 thru mtl but the romance is still meh :-/ because the female lead don't want to fall for him because she don't want a man that has baggage lol... Getting bored already because of the lack of romance and no 2nd ML until now. But the food is great and I think that is only the thing that makes me continue reading this... lol <<less
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xuexin
xuexin rated it
November 6, 2020
Status: c56
Meh, it's okay, but a lot of characters are REALLY annoying.

Basically the story is about MC who is a foodie who can cook. She came from the modern world and transmigrated to ancient China where having multiple wives and concubines were common during that time. Of course since she's from the modern world with modern values, she does not want such a lifestyle and thus does not want the ML. ML is really thick skinned because he wants to eat her food all the time, which makes him become really... more>> annoying especially when he takes everything she cooks and basically begs her all the time for food. MC's maids are also really annoying. They are maids not friends. Instead of actually serving their master properly, they would instead throw her under the bus when the ML comes to visit for food. MC obviously does not want to feed the ML or have anything to do with him, but these s*upid maids always try and please the ML. It's honestly really annoying. I could have sort of dealt with the ML, but even MC's maids are annoying. I don't have the patience for this anymore so I'm dropping this novel. Interesting concept, but too many thick skinned and annoying characters. <<less
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crimsoniv0j
crimsoniv0j rated it
June 23, 2018
Status: --
It's quiet disappointing, the plot is okay but the way it was delivered is not satisfyingly. IDK if it's the translation or what but its somehow lacking. It's supposed to be dated back the dynasty era but its so modern lol I dont feel any excitement ?. Its sooo not mah taste blerghhh..
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crimsonrogue
crimsonrogue rated it
October 12, 2020
Status: c45
I'll probably come back and revise this review once I finish the novel, but so far I'm having a blast with it. The comedy is absolutely top notch and I like how this novel understands wholeheartedly that it's ML isn't exactly the biggest prize of a husband and thoroughly mocks him for it throughout. It does feel like he deservedly needs to crawl, scrape, and beg to even be worthy in the MC's eyes. Which is in such stark contrast to other historical novels I've read thus far where the... more>> ML basically gets away with proverbial AND literal murder due to his good looks. Legitimately I cannot even begin to describe how refreshing it was to see a ML that did bad things that were actually called out and punished by the writer.

That said I understand why some aspects of this novel are rubbing up against people's modern sensibilities. So if you as a person do not like the concept of an ancient love interest already having children before the romance has even begun, then I would avoid this novel. If you understand that the ML is a product of his time and the novel thoroughly lambasts him for being in it's own words a 'man slut' then I don't think it'll bother you that much. It certainly didn't bother me, but I also don't hold onto the fantasy that a person should 'wait' to have children until they find their true love. That's just not how life works. Not today, many people don't find their true love till their second marriages, and certainly not back then when popping out children left and right was considered a form of filial piety.

My mind might change if this novel's ML takes a turn like the ML in Doomed to be Cannon Fodder where suddenly all the horrible things he did are 'okay' for some reason. If it keeps the lighthearted comedy, bashing of the flawed ML, and abundantly delicious food descriptions handy however then I'm probably not going to change my rating. If a world-shattering, tear jerking, star crossed romance is more your pace however, then skip this. You won't be happy with what you find here. <<less
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Piggychan
Piggychan rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c18
I love love love the MC's personality, but I still can't swallow the ML's tr*shy traits. He's a lustful, rain and dew spreader. Even an emperor won't be as lecherous as him (he ATE even maid and prostitute good lord). This is my first time reading a novel I'd like to love badly but cannot because of the ML put me off greatly. I'm very much willing to read what will happen next though. As unappealing as the ML was, there were other aspects of the story that managed to... more>> hook me in. <<less
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Eclat123
Eclat123 rated it
September 23, 2018
Status: c40
A mouthwatering romantic comedy indeed. It doesn't help that the translator always explained the mentioned food meticulously and refered it with beautifully taken pictures.

I now crave for some fried dumplings.
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SilverSavage
SilverSavage rated it
June 30, 2020
Status: --
This book is not for me. Others may find it enjoyable. To me this book is like the ML... a pile of sh** that someone put a thin layer of gold over... looks kinda dazzling but all in all you're still holding on to a piece of crap. I dont know if I can accurately describe what bothered me so much about this but ... more>>
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The ML is a scheming black bellied noble. All his wives, concubines and even family is the same. He's also perfectly aware when there's schemes going on. After the 1st wife commits suicide, she is replaced by the MC who has a good/violent personality yet almost magical food that basically drugs people into being her allies. Then the harem scheme against her to get her kicked out (told MLs mother that MC was beating the ML and they all witness it) and he gets super angry when the 2nd wife gets mad that he's angry when he knows all the terrible stuff the original had done. I think I would have rather the story had a twist where the 2nd wife gets revenge instead of a magical chef and a crappy ML the whole cast tries to whitewash to the MC. As a reader if I'm feeling more for what's probably the cannon fodder love rival than the ML or MC then this book is definitely not for me.

I love villians or heroes but I can't stand hypocrites in a righteous light. The ML is a straightforward hypocrite pos but the MC is in a dazzling good light yet her food d*** near turns people into addicts yet she's innocent.

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Rant over. Like I said this could be the book for you but I personally hated it. <<less
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Smoothiedara
Smoothiedara rated it
October 3, 2019
Status: --
I read this because if the childcare tag, but when I read till 73, where is the child where where????!!!

I like the translation, they are top-notch.

For FMC, I like her silly monster like character, but it's not long last I think

ML is just so meh, he has many wives and children and pervert whatever it is. I don't like him one bit. I don't ship her with Nuan at all, I just don't like him overall. Like literally there is not one thing that I can like from him even... more>> his kindness (is that kindness?!)

I gave a good stars because I like the FL and the translation is amazing. I don't care about ML booya <<less
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Felix3D
Felix3D rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: Completed
This is a pretty common Josei "Transmigrated wife earns her proper place in the harem" story, and has some great comedy moments, with some of the best jokes I've seen in such WN's. However, it also becomes insufferably smug as we go beyond ch 250 and any plot progression slows down greatly.

Definitely a good story to read if you're in for a more lighthearted/comedic take on the standard Chinese Transmigration Romance story, but don't expect much more.
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Caroline Yong
Caroline Yong rated it
July 31, 2020
Status: c222
The best thing since sliced bread! What I love best is all the amazing food names, Snow Cream, Snow Soft Bean Paste Snacks, Puffy Oil Cake and more! They even have a recipe sections for all the doable food inside the novel, my cooking skills have definitely elevated since the existence of this novel.

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RoseCrys
RoseCrys rated it
July 27, 2020
Status: c204 part1
I love this novel. At first, I hated the Male Lead but he's growing on me. I can't hate him for having multiple wives since that's the time period the novel's set in, but I hated him for the way he treated the Female lead. But now, he's trying his best to gain her affections and it's hilarious how the roles have changed. And the FOOD!! I get hungry everytime I read. And the Translator is amazing!!
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Namila
Namila
July 22, 2020
Status: --
The novel is good, and I like the novel, but because the food is always snatched by the male lead, I feel angry and frustrated. Even I don't like when my food that I like being snatched. Additionally, I don't like the male lead bcs he is a sl*t and he does'nt deserved the female lead.
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EmpSis
EmpSis rated it
July 20, 2020
Status: c214
hola!

I love this story soo much! Every character is amazing, even the ones you're supposed to hate. Definitely a fun take on the harem situation that doesn't leave you wanting to pull out all your hair. I actually cried when Nuan Nuan lost her 1st home, and I adore every little thing she does to stick it to her hubby. The food just makes me hungry soo.. That can be both a plus and a minus. The cat is by far the best character of all!!
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gryffinpuff
gryffinpuff rated it
January 6, 2020
Status: c40
+2.5 stars for the amazing comedy and the food-p*rn

-2 stars for the slag ML and his courtyard full of scheming b*tches

-0.5 stars for the unconventional talking-back servants - they're more like friends who bicker with MC/ML but are always ready to 'throw them under the bus'... though situations are hilarious, it doesn't seem like a feudal society anymore...

Story, especially MC/ML interactions so far, are really hilarious with good food all around. But hate that MC transmigrated into a married woman whose husband is such a man-wh0re. Was hoping initially that... more>> MC would be divorced and find the true ML in the real world, but seems very unlikely. So, the romance is very disappointing, stay for comedy though. <<less
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