The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food.
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - glade1 - LibraryThing
This book is entertaining and educational! One point the author makes is that Chinese food is the epitome of Americanness: "One benchmark for Americanness is apple pie. But ask yourself: How often do ... Read full review
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Mostly light, with some intense and some poignant bits. Many of the chapters are more like articles that could almost stand alone, but it is best read front to back, all of it. If you're interested ... Read full review
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