The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

Lee, Jennifer 8

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
"A woman's search for the world's greatest Chinese restaurant proves that egg rolls are as American as apple pie"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Twelve, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0446580074
Branch Call Number: 641.5951 L4785f 2008
Characteristics: x, 307 p. ;,24 cm


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Aug 15, 2012
  • soysauce32927 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While this book is filled with culinary adventures and history, it's chronological ordering can leave a person lost and confused. The inconsistency can cause a person to wonder what the author is actually talking about in the current chapter. However, despite the lack of fluency, the rich history provides a perfect read for Chinese-American teens and young adults who are desperately trying to figure out why it just doesn't taste like Mom's cooking.

Aug 27, 2011
  • TheSponge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chinese restaurants are more American than apple pie, says Jennifer 8. Lee in “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food.” There are twice as many of these restaurants as there are McDonald’s franchises, and the food they serve is every bit as predictable. “What Chinese restaurant menu doesn’t offer beef with broccoli, sesame chicken, roast pork lo mein, fried wontons, egg rolls and egg drop soup?” asks the author, an “American-born Chinese” who cheerfully admits to an obsession with Chinese restaurants.
Lee is a city-beat reporter for The New York Times. Her inclination as a journalist is to trace a story all the way to its genesis, but not without taking some fascinating detours.
This was well worth the read! Highly recommended!


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