The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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  • Archive for February 18th, 2008

    Food and Wine: My struggles with the oven

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    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 […]

    How to explain the Book of Leviticus in an atheist nation? China embraces Kashrut

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    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,  China is now the world’s fastest-growing producer of kosher-certified food, […]

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles, recommended in Glamour Magazine!

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    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 […]

    A Persian-Italian-American restaurant?

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    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 […]