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We got a 75%-page feature in the March issue of Every Day with Rachel Ray called “Egg Drop Scoop,” one of the ever growing number of puns off Chinese food.
Fortune Cookie Chronicles got a nice five star review on about.com from Rhonda Parkinson, (ignore the fact that the NYTimes owns about.com, I have absolutely nothing to do with that). The Fortune Cookie Chronicles is an intriguing exploration into a world of Chinese restaurants, a subculture that remains unknown to most of us. My one […]
We booked it a while ago, but finally confirmed it. Thank god the writers’ strike is over!
I’ve become quite the magnet for fortune cookie tales both real and fictional. Bet you didn’t know there was a whole genre of fortune cookie writing, but there is. Bill Stephens sent me an excerpt, chapter 25, for book proposal, ‘Uncorking & Forking: It’s Been a Good Life.’ www.billstephensbooks.com.” Uncorking & Forking: Itâ€™s Been a […]
Barbara Brown sent this photo to me and a message: “Heard your intrview on NPR yesterday and wanted to share my favorite fortune ever. After a birthday dinner one year I opened my fortune cookie and read, ‘Ignore previous fortunes.’ I’ve never met anyone else who has gotten that fortune, nor do I want to. […]
In my Food and Wine piece, I talk about how desserts totally mystified my family growing up — specifically these “bake sales.” Then I got a note from Patricia Ryan telling a sweet but sad story of her mother struggling with making desserts in her childhood.
Fortune Cookie Chronicles gets a little blurb in Fast Company this month by David Lidsky, which comes out more positive than negative I suppose. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food By Jennifer 8. Lee There are twice as many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. as McDonald’s, an accomplishment all the […]
Here, on the New York Times site, is theÂ video of fortune cookies being made in Japan that went with my article. I’m not sure why they only put some videos on YouTube (about 150 at last count). Sadly, they don’t give you the ability to embed it either in the blog.
This is the billboard from when I visited General Tso‘s hometown in rural Hunan province in my journey to find the source of General Tso’s chicken. (yes he is real, he played a huge part in suppressing the Taiping Rebellion, started by a guy who thought he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ) It […]
This appearance is waaaaay in the future. But I am speaking at one my absolute favorite libraries in the United States — the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library — on June 2 at 6 p.m. The Flushing branch is the busiest branch of the busiest library system in the country. (Perhaps also the […]
Driving along in Cupertino. Again, had to stop and take a picture
Updated: 6:25 p.m. | So my first national media interview will air today (Wednesday) at 5:50 p.m. on NPR’s All Things Considered with Michele Norris (who was an electrical engineering major, I discovered). The audio file will be available online around 7 p.m. Thank god for excellent editing!
Another review, this time from Book Page. Sorry for the jpg. I converted it from a pdf. More on Book Page: On or before the first of March, 440,000 copies of this issue will arrive in more than 3,000 subscribing bookstores and public libraries nationwide. Next month, this review will also be available to the […]
I checked Amazon today and was surprised to see that my book is already in stock though launch day is not for another two weeks. (But don’t buy it yet. It’s better if everyone buys in the same week). Even more surprising, I already have a five star rating (which with one review, means I […]
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles cover gets a shout out by designer Christopher Tobias on his Outerwearforbooks blog as part of his Non-fiction Cover Genius Awards, launched Feb. 14. As he puts it: Why do fiction books get all the glory? In my experience non-fiction is often more of a challenge to design than fiction. I […]
The March issue of Food and Wine runs my essay on my struggles of learning how to use the oven. One of my favorite essays on food, by Jhumpa Lahiri, about how her parents would carry food back from India to Rhode Island before the days of easily accessible ethnic supermarkets, ran in this exact […]
In keeping with one of my favorite themes: Jews, Chinese and food: The Chinese have gone Kosher, as Ching-Ching Ni explains in a fascinating piece in The Los Angeles Times from earlier this month (I’m catching up with my inbox!). According to Ching Ching’s piece,Â China is now the world’s fastest-growing producer of kosher-certified food, […]
Got an e-mail from my friend Eric with the subject line: “Just saw your book in glamour magazine.” He then wrote, “It was recommended reading by their book reviewer – you were grouped with 2 other books by female authors – cindy saved it” So I made my way to Borders, bought my copy of […]
I saw this while driving around Cupertino with my friend Janet, and was so amused that I made her stop the car so I could take a picture. So the restaurant is called Arya. I checked out their menu and was disappointed that they didn’t actually blend the cuisines, rather it offers dishes from all […]
A thoughtful review in Book Forum written by Melanie Rehak (who wrote a very cool book on Nancy Drew called Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her). Review is mostly positive, with some apt criticisms. It think it’s like 80 percent favorable, 20 percent negative, or maybe 75/25. Overall, pretty good review. […]
Counterpoint, an Australian radio program, interviewed me in depth about the book. The interview will be available for about a month. I was quite impressed with how much they knew about the book, to the point where I assumed they must have read it. Then my next thought was “Did we mail a copy of […]
From Abby Yochelson: Monday, March 17th at 12:00 noon in the Mumford Room, 6th floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. The program is being sponsored by the Humanities & Social Sciences Division, the Asian Division, and the Center for the Book. I am working on my Keynote presentation right now. It’s very […]
I just got booked at the Nixon Library for a day in late March. Address is 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd in Yorba Linda, Calif. More details to come. Nixon, of course, played a large role in sparking interest in Chinese food in the United States when he went back to China in 1972. As one […]
This is the March issue of Maxim magazine with my piece on the origins of General Tso’s chicken. For some reason I find this all very amusing. My research is sharing pages with “Why Women Secretly Love Porn.” (Why do we secretly love porn?) One of the cooler things they did was take pictures of […]
Scheduled for The New York Times Book Review on March 9th, supposedly. Nervous. Ugh.« Previous Entries