If you think that 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. In The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, the New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese) Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of the Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food.
In a compelling blend of sociology and history, 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 shows how one segment of the immigrant experience has shaped our country.
An American native
A father’s legacy
The vegetarian-cooking pioneer
Cracking a Filipino favorite