By Jennifer 8. Lee | October 29, 2008
Follow author Jennifer 8. Lee on a culinary journey into Chinese-American cuisine in her new book, “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” (Twelve Books, $25). Lee, whose middle name “8” connotes prosperity in Chinese, is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and grew up in New York eating her mother’s authentic Chinese food. The New York Times reporter shares her research on the history of Chinese food in America, including such tidbits as the namesake of General Tso’s Chicken and the revelation that those classic white takeout boxes are a U.S. invention. Check out Lee’s Web site — which lists some of her favorite cyber destinations, such as eatingchinese.org and howtoorderchinesefood.com — at www.fortunecookiechronicles.com.
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