A live-action blog to go with the book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles is about how Chinese food is all-American. There are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. The book is for anyone who has ever wondered who is General Tso and why are we eating his chicken; why Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas; and who really invented the fortune cookie. Jennifer 8. Lee solves enduring mysteries of Chinese cuisine through a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes.
Brandon Harris Walker‘s hilarious music video, Chinese Food on Christmas, has already gotten over half a million views.
The chorus (as much as I was able to transcribe it):
We eat Chinese food on Christmas.
Go to the movie theater too.
Because there is not much else to do on Christmas,
If you’re a Jew.
I was actually just interviewed by The Forward (once only in Yiddish!) about Why Chow Mein is the Chosen Food of the Chosen People, one of the chapters of my book. A paper called Safe Treyf, by Gaye Tuchman and Harry G. Levine, discusses the intimate relationship between Jews and Chinese food.