Archive for June, 2008
Previously, as I noted, as of May 1, there had been like 19 copies at the NYPL, with a bunch of holds. Then today, aÂ reader sent me an email saying they got a gigantic order in Just wanted to let you know that I finished reading your book this morning (I thought NYPL was [...]
I was flipping through Time Out New York yesterday when I saw this ad for Take Out, a feature film about a Chinese delivery man, and was amused that it quotes me: “General Tso’s chicken meets 24 — Jennifer 8. Lee, The New York Times.” This may be the first and only time I will [...]
You know your life is really out of whack when you are excited (as I am) that I finally have a chance to do laundry. (I hear the dryer spinning in a peaceful whirl). I am just coming out of orbit now. I have an event this Sunday (Jews! Hamptons!) and another Monday. And then [...]
This is my hour-long interview with Doug Fabrizio on KUER, an NPR affiliate out of Salt Lake City, for Radiowest. It’s very, very rare that someone will give you a whole hour — so I deeply appreciated the time. The audio file will be up for roughly three months the producer told me.
I’m interviewed for an Explainer in Slate on the Chinese menu translations by Brian Palmer, lawyer. (Explainer, incidentally, is oft edited by a classmate of mine from high school and college — Dan Engber). So that is my tiny appearance on Slate.
David Sax of deli fame sent me a photo of a Chinese food truck he stumbled upon in France! He writes: So there I was in a small town in the French countryside last Friday, picking up all sorts of cheeses, breads, and meats at a farmer’s market in the central square, when I came [...]
I just did a post for the Times Olympics blog on the translation, which I will essentially put in a modified form below This is what they are trying to avoid: This month, the Chinese government has officially released its very long list of suggested translations for Chinese dishes in preparation for a tourist-friendly Olympics. [...]
I finally got my chance to appear on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU in Washington, which means that except for Chicago, I’ve been on all the major NPR markets: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia (WHYY’s building is soooo nice) + assorted markets in New Hampshire, Colorado. I have to [...]
Here is an incomplete list of the some of the restaurants I visited for my chapter on the greatest Chinese restaurant in the world. This is not an endorsement for all of them, as you will find reading the chapter. Rather what my research turned up as interesting candidates. Not all restaurants here made it [...]
I heard from my publisher this week: Quality Paperback, an affiliate of Book of the Month Club, decided to use Fortune Cookie Chronicles as the Main Selection as opposed to (I think) just a regular or alternate selection. They are going to issue an early paperback (will this look like the permanent paperback?) Suddenly I [...]
This is a cool even, put together by the ever organized Calvin Chen and the UPenn Asian American alumni group. (Love the invite!) June 22, 5 pm Dim Sum Go Go @ 5 East Broadway in Chinatown $20 for dim sum and fortune cookie book talk rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
The AFP’s Benjamin Morgan writes a story on the Chinese restaurant in Baghdad confronting violence. It makes $40-$50 a ady. Modest by American standards, but 4 to 5x to what the co-owner was making back in China. There is endless fascination on this topic of Chinese food in Baghdad, including Craig Smith’s 2005 story for [...]
The Toledo Blade, out of the blue, publishes a review by Jennifer Day. And she quotes one of my favorite passages of the book, which has not been mentioned yet — my comparison of the unbroken fortune cookie to an unexpired lottery ticket. Article published Sunday, June 8, 2008 Fortune cookies open the door to [...]
My brother IMed me a few days ago to tell me that Fortune Cookie Chronicles was mentioned on page 96 of The Economist (subscription required) in the types of books that interest people on China. I was surprised that this far out, it even ranks internationally (even within the narrow topic of China-related), because it [...]
Google alerts let me know today that Steve Harvey, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, does a whole column titled “Claims to original fortune cookies crumble under weight of research” around one of the central mysteries of my book. It’s one of the first times that there is an entire print piece that is [...]
Mae just sent me a hilarious picture of the Last Supper, except parodied with Chinese takeout and fortune cookies, called the Next to Last Supper. She found it at Middle Earth, her favorite store for art.Â Some people would argue, this makes sense. After all, Jesus was Jewish.
The Los Angeles Times food section did a recent piece on taco-shaped fortune cookies. As Tom Miller writes, Dichos, as the cookies are called, have been appearing at restaurants — Mexican and others — in southern Arizona in a haphazard pattern in which word-of-mouth has far outpaced formal distribution. Raul and Marina MontaÃ±o, the Douglas, [...]
This is my biggest stretch without a speaking engagement since I started doing book talks on March 3. (I did three talks in four days recently) Yesterday I did the Flushing Library, which is one of my favorite libraries from my childhood, but arguably brings out some interesting characters.