The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

  • #26 on the New York Times Best Seller List
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    Fast Company compares Fortune Cookie Chronicles to MSG-laden brown sauce,

    Sunday, February 24th, 2008

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles gets a little blurb in Fast Company this month by David Lidsky, which comes out more positive than negative I suppose. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food By Jennifer 8. Lee There are twice as many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. as McDonald’s, an accomplishment all the […]

    Book Page Review

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

    Another review, this time from Book Page. Sorry for the jpg. I converted it from a pdf. More on Book Page: On or before the first of March, 440,000 copies of this issue will arrive in more than 3,000 subscribing bookstores and public libraries nationwide. Next month, this review will also be available to the […]

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles, recommended in Glamour Magazine!

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    Got an e-mail from my friend Eric with the subject line: “Just saw your book in glamour magazine.” He then wrote, “It was recommended reading by their book reviewer – you were grouped with 2 other books by female authors – cindy saved it” So I made my way to Borders, bought my copy of […]

    Book Forum Review: 80/20 or 75/25

    Saturday, February 16th, 2008

    A thoughtful review in Book Forum written by Melanie Rehak (who wrote a very cool book on Nancy Drew called Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her). Review is mostly positive, with some apt criticisms. It think it’s like 80 percent favorable, 20 percent negative, or maybe 75/25. Overall, pretty good review. […]

    When Fortune Cookies will be in The New York Times Book Review

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

    Scheduled for The New York Times Book Review on March 9th, supposedly. Nervous. Ugh.

    So did you like my book? A strangely satisfying compliment.

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    From my friend Tim Layman, about my book: “It’s not that like I was expecting not to like it. But I was surprised how much I did.” Have had other double-edged compliments like that. From Seth: “I’m not even interested in Chinese food! But I liked your book.” Or this e-mail from my good friend […]

    Booklist Review: More a summary than a review

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008

    More a summary than a review. Issue: February 1, 2008 The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. Lee, Jennifer 8 (Author) Mar 2008. 320 p. Twelve, hardcover, $24.99. (0446580074). 641.59. Lee traverses the U.S., China, and beyond in her quest to discover what has made Chinese food ubiquitous in America. She […]

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