The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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    Jews and Chinese Food, on WNYC’s The Takeaway

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009

    Was interviewed on Wednesday on a topic of endless fascination for New Yorkers — the relationship between Jews and Chinese food. Here is the WNYC The Takeaway segment. It involved being picked up at 6:10 a.m. in the morning. They ordered pastrami egg rolls from Eden Wok!

    Did Martha Stewart Today!

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    Two segments. One on Chinese food in America. One on fried turkey dumplings. Lenore Welby produced really smart segments. Impressions when I first walked into studios on West 26th Street. Metal detector. Lots of rolls of ribbons. Washer dryer. Huge kitchens. Nine Emmys lined up in conference room. “MARTHA” is all over the place. A […]

    Going to be on martha stewart show tomorrow…at 10 a.m.

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

    To make turkey dumplings!

    Splendid Table and Fortune Cookies

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    My interview on Splendid Table [mp3] by American Public Media ran on NPR stations last week. (I recorded it back in December). They are broadcast in 299 stations, but sadly not in Manhattan, al though they are carried on WCWP 88.1 FM which covers some areas of Queens and the Bronx.

    We’re the Answer to this Week’s Sunday Magazine Puzzle

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    So this week, I’m part of the solution to the Sunday Magazine puzzle (not the crossword, but the second one). It’s called an acrostic (otherwise known as an anacrostic) by famed puzzlers Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon. Which is very flattering. As it explains. It’s some related somewhat to crossword puzzles, except it uses an […]

    Indy Star, Highlighting the Web Site

    Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

    From the Indy Star this week: 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 […]

    I’m sick in bed so I spent the night compiling all the media stuff

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008

    I’ve spent the last few weeks suffering from bronchiospasms (a.k.a. coughing fits). So I’m forced to stay in bed to rest. As a result, I thought I would take the opportunity to put together a page of all the media stuff on The Fortune Cookie Chronicles online. And it’s not until you see it all […]

    Colorado Public Radio KCFR Colorado Matters, Denver anti-Chinese Race Riots 1880

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008

    And here is my Colorado Matters Interview with KCFR Colorado Public Radion from May 8, 2008. Denver is interesting because it was home to one of the most vicious race riots against the Chinese in 1880. The picture below is drawn from those riots.

    Boston’s WBUR Here and Now, trip to Zoe’s in Somerville

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008

    I just realized I never posted my interview with WBUR’s, Here and Now, from August 4, 2008 (loved listening to the show when I was in college). I actually did the interview with Emiko Tamagawa in March at Zoe’s Chinese restaurant in Somerville, where the Chinese people go to eat. But it ran a few […]

    Pictures from My Appearance on The Colbert Report

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Here (finally) are some pictures from The Colbert Report when I appeared on March 4, 2008. (Thanks to Alexis Ohanian for taking them and for backing them up because I lost the memory card on which they were stored, so I’m actually putting them on the blog so I wont lose them.) And yes, the […]

    Good Morning America Weekend: Fortune Cookies Aren’t Chinese

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    Here is the Good Morning America Weekend piece that ran during the Olympics. Produced by Imtiyaz Delawala (who was on my school paper!) and correspondented by Juju Chang. Also involves Wonton Food. This piece that actually was initially discussed during the March release of my book. But they decided to peg it to the Olympics. […]

    ABC: The mystery of the fortune cookie’s history

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    Television loves fortune cookies as a result of the Beijing Olympics. I did a segment with ABC on the history of the fortune cookie with Juju Chang. I swear, fortune cookies and “man date” are going to be part of my obituary, or at the very least the college reunion report.

    Did my Today Show (今日) hit from Beijing. Yay.

    Thursday, August 14th, 2008

    So the way they translate Today show in Chinese is 今日, which is literally “Today.” They have imported a massive operation over from New York (though only eight of their 50+ producers). The segment, produced by Cecilia Fang, was supposed to be a bit of a cooking demonstration. But then it rained tonight in Beijing, […]

    Radio: Radiowest, a one-hour interview with SLC’s NPR affiliate

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    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.

    Slate tries to explain Chinese menus with me.

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    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.

    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 […]

    Economist: Fortune Cookie Chronicles among top 10 selling books worldwide on China in May

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    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 […]

    LAT’s Steve Harvey on the Fortune Cookie mystery

    Sunday, June 8th, 2008

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Charlie Rose Tomorrow is different from Tomorrow’s Charlie Rose

    Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

    I did a segment for Charlie Rose Tomorrow, which is an online-only interview done by Charlotte Morgan of younger-ish people. But a lot of people have e-mailed/IMed me congratulating me for being on tomorrow’s Charlie Rose. And I realized that they think the sement is previewing what is showing tomorrow on the television show. But […]

    Largehearted Boy: A soundtrack for Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

    I was invited by David Gutowski to participate in his Book Notes series on the music&lit blog, Largehearted Boy (note the cute logo someone designed for him!) And amazingly he has compiled the most comprehensive list ever of my reviews and interviews. So when he first invited me after hearing about his book, I checked […]

    Food Network: Online interview with the Amateur Gourment

    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    Here is an episode of FN Dish, the Food Network’s edgier online cousin, hosted by Adam Roberts of the Amateur Gourmet. Adam and I went to New York City’s Chinatown and eat my favorite buffet place on Grand Street between Chrystie and Bowery: $4 for five items! He tried pigs heart (his Jewish grandmother rolling […]

    What I eat…

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    A profile/interview of me on Midtown Lunch, which is a fun food blog. (Have I posted this before? This was in draft mode and I’m not sure why) In it, I discuss the places I like to eat in midtown, and also explain why Dubai’s food scene is awesome.

    Harvard Crimson: Q&A on The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Saturday, April 19th, 2008

    Jessica Henderson does a Q&A with me for The Harvard Crimson arts section. I remember she recorded the whole thing on her laptop with her freeware, and was very impressed. Every so often we’d have to startle the computer to make sure it didn’t go to sleep.

    WNYC Brian Lehrer Show

    Friday, April 18th, 2008

    I did a lovely interview on Brian Lehrer (scroll down for mp3…no permalink?) on Wednesday, right before the Asia Society talk with the Fuchsia Dunlop of Chinese cookery fine.

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