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  • The Search for General Tso

    Chef Peng, creator of General Tso’s chicken, passes away

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    I knew this day was going to come. And in fact as surprised how long he lasted, since we rushed to film him for our documentary when he was 91. But Chef Peng, our famed creator of General Tso’s chicken passed away at age 97. I was in the middle of the Nieman Foundation board […]

    The Search for General Tso. In Theaters January 2, 2015!

    Thursday, December 4th, 2014

    Happy to say that The Search for General Tso has been acquired by IFC/Sundance for distribution and will be in theaters (and VOD) on January 2, 2015. Director Ian Cheney did a great job of shepherding through the film, which was repped by Cinetic Media, of indie film fame. Here is the trailer below. Plus […]

    Finding the Chef Behind General Tso’s Chicken with the Documentary

    Monday, December 20th, 2010

    We found our way to Peng’s Agora Garden in Taipei, owned by C.K. Peng, the chef behind General Tso’s chicken, who is now 93 and comes into the restaurant. As my book notes, Chef Peng is the person who came up with the name of the dish. Here are Ian, Curt and Taylor, setting up […]

    Hunting for Chicken in Taipei with the Wicked Delicate team

    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

    I’m working on a documentary on Chinese food with the Wicked Delicate team — Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis — which gained fame with King Corn. We got a $40,000 development grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities [pdf]. So we headed to Taiwan for our first international shoot. Taylor Gentry, a great cinematographer, […]