The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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    What Did I Do on Xmas?

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Talked about why Jews love Chinese food, at a JCC in Tampa. Of course.

    My Taste3 Talk is Up On Ted

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Went up today! Beautifully edited by Jason Wishnow. Jennifer 8. Lee: Who was General Tso? and other mysteries of American Chinese food Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.

    Fortune Cookie Chronicle Takeout Boxes

    Monday, November 10th, 2008

    These were created and executed as the JCC of Greater Washington as part of my talk. I think they were absolutely adorable and I took one as a souvenir.

    Denver AIWF Talk on Jan 25, 2009 @ 5 p.m.

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008

    Just get it onto my calendar. Lots of Denver. AIWF talk on Sunday Jan. 25, 2009. The Empress Seafood Restaurant on Alameda in Denver.

    University of Indiana Talk on April 2 at 7 p.m.

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    It seems like I will be speaking at the University of Indiana at Bloomington at 7 p.m. on April 2 in the School of Journalism auditorium as part of Asian American Heritage Month.

    Hipster Jews and Chinese Food, Nov. 16

    Friday, October 31st, 2008

    Partnering with the SoHo Synagogue for a mouth watering Chinese Dinner Party at at beautiful downtown loft. (Love the musical effects on that page. These guys know presentation and events!) MENU: Upon arriving you will find mini designer Chinese take-out containers stuffed with either Spicy Sesame Noodles or Chow-Mein Chicken Salad with Orange Segments and […]

    My Fried Turkey Dumpling/Potsticker/Guotie Recipe

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    I might be making fried turkey dumplings on TV. Cross fingers. Just dropped the fried dumplings off today. Fried turkey dumplings, of course, were my family’s solutions to elementary school bake sales — as Chinese people don’t bake (as I’ve explained before). They don’t bake brownies. They don’t bake pies. They don’t bake apple crisps. […]

    Phoenix Dinner at Golden Buddha 6 p.m. this Sunday

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Held by Changing Hands bookstore, this dinner has details here. It’s at the Golden Buddha restaurant in Phoenix (668 N 44th St. Phoenix, AZ). 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept 21.

    The Menu For My AIWF San Diego Dinner

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    An event this weekend: Saturday Evening, September 20, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Chinese Banquet with Jenny 8 Lee at Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant Presentation and Book Signing by Jennifer 8. Lee: Adventures in the World of Chinese Cuisine Hosted by San Diego American Institute of Wine and Food member Susan Lew at Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant […]

    Book Publishing Industry Panel on July 22

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    This is next week… Harvardwood is pleased to present our first-ever publishing industry panel event! The panel will feature authors Ceridwen Dovey ’03 (Blood Kin), Jennifer Lee ’99 (The Fortune Cookie Chronicles), and Nancy Redd ’03 (Body Drama), publishing manager and acquiring editor at Penguin Publishing Molly Barton, and Jennifer Joel ’98, book agent at […]

    WAMU: Kojo Nnamdi Show, and musings on radio interviews

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

    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 […]

    Dim sum and Fortune Cookie Chronicles, June 22, 5 p.m. at Dim Sum Go Go

    Sunday, June 15th, 2008

    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

    I don’t have a talk for 10 days and I’m so happy

    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

    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.

    Library of Congress Cybercast is finally up

    Thursday, May 29th, 2008

    A bit delayed, but my first talk from my book tour is finally up. It was actually, looking back, a fantastic event to kick off my book tour. About 150 people in the middle of the day (almost all of whom I didn’t know). That and the Politics and Prose event, also ~150 people, made […]

    In Denver’s SPJ’s adorable invite

    Thursday, May 8th, 2008

    Am in Denver to speak the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist (a four star chapter at that). I just saw the invite for the talk and dinner. It’s adorable.

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles on Local Library Signs

    Thursday, May 8th, 2008

    Did some library events earlier this week, and I love seeing the signs they put up with the name of the book in that piecemeal lettering. I love local libraries. That is how I grew up learning to read. The signs remind me of traveling through Iowa and Ohio and places like that. (though these […]

    Proquest, the American Library Association, and Fortune Cookies

    Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

    I might be going to speak at an American Library Association conference in Denver next January (yes, Denver in January) on my use of the historical newspaper archives offered by ProQuest. I love ProQuest and even thank them in my acknowledgments. Basically their historical archives were perfect for something like my book — searching for […]

    Phoenix. Why is Chow Mein the Chosen Food of the Chosen People

    Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

    I thought this invite, sent out for my Phoenix event this Sunday, was adorable.

    @ LATimes Festival of Books

    Sunday, April 27th, 2008

    Speaking on a panel at the LATimes book fair called Eat This Book with Fred Kaufman and Raj Patel at 1 p.m. Sunday in Moore 100. The moderator is Barry Glassner. It is gargantuan book fair, basically taking over the entire UCLA campus.

    Hull House: Where Eleanor Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, W.E.B. Dubois have all tread

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

    Last week I got to speak in the Dining Hall of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago (at the invitation of Lisa Yun Lee). This was a room that W.E.B  Dubois, Ida B. Wells, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Carl Sandburg have all spoken in. Very historic. So it was […]

    Madison Square Park (not Garden), Thursday July 17 @ 6:30 p.m.

    Monday, April 21st, 2008

    Just confirmed this new talk: I’ll be presenting the The Fortune Cookie Chronicles for 20-25 minutes as part of the Madison Square Reads outdoor program in Madison Square Park (5th Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan) on Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. The program, which will last 60 minutes, features two authors of books […]

    Dim sum tasting event at the Asia Society for blog readers

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

    I’m speaking at the Asia Society tomorrow with Fuchsia Dunlop, a great Chinese cuisine chef, on Chinese food.:6:30 p.m., April 16, at the Asia Society at 70th and Park. So afterwards there is a dim sum tasting catered by the trendy Chinatown Brasserie. Since I am a speaker I have complimentary tickets (normally $15 for […]

    Doing an all-day radio tour…by phone

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Today I am doing an insane tour by phone set up via Newman Communications, a PR firm that specializes in (among other things) literary radio and satellite television tours. They essentially hook you up with radio programs  (mostly live, some pre-taped) coast to coast on a very tight schedule. It has to be done over […]

    So you want to publish a book? Panel discussion tomorrow, April 8

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    The New York Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is holding a panel tomorrow, called “So you want to publish a book? A panel for your book publishing fantasies to come true.” We will cover:   ·         What do you need to get started? ·         How much research is required? ·         Common mistakes writers […]

    Asia Society Event in NYC, April 16, with Fucshia Dunlop

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

    More excuses to eat! $15 for members/students and $30 for non-members, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street.

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