The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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    By Jennifer 8. Lee | February 29, 2008

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles got a nice five star review on from Rhonda Parkinson, (ignore the fact that the NYTimes owns, 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 tiny criticism is that some chapters in the book could have used color photographs. For example, it would have been great to have a photo of omikuji senbei (“fortune crackers”) – the thick Japanese cookie, with a fortune tucked in its outer folds, that researchers now believe is the original fortune cookie. But this is a minor quibble. Overall, this book is an excellent resource for anyone who is passionate about Chinese food.

    True on the color photos, but that has to do with production issues. That is why I have this blog. To supplement the text with a more holistic, obsessive multimedia experience. More coming soon!

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