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Title: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
Author: Jennifer 8. Lee
Number of Pages: 309 pages
Book Number/Goal: 48/75 for 2009
My Rating: 4.5/5

A while back I watched Lee talk about some of the stuff in this book and found it really interesting. The book was not quite what I'd expected based on that. I thought it would have a little more about Chinese food around the world, but the focus was mostly American Chinese food with one chapter about other countries. There was also way more about fortune cookies than necessary, I think. She spread that part out really long. But overall it was a really interesting book and a neat look at the history of American Chinese food and Chinese immigrants in America.

I was surprised by what are considered the most common menu items in the US. I really haven't eaten Chinese food outside of LA much (once in Indiana and once or twice in the Bay Area), so my idea of what was normal was pretty skewed, I guess. For example, apparently General Tso's Chicken is like the number one most common item, but I have only had it once and I thought it was unique to the place I'd had it at, because I've never seen it anywhere else I've eaten.


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