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The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    I loved this.

    It starts out in 2005 when there were 110 second place winners in the Powerball lottery. The got their winning numbers from a fortune cookie. Lee begins her quest to visit all the Chinese restaurants that sold the winning cookies but ends up taking the reader on a journey that includes Chop Suey, soy sauce, and American Chinese food abroad. She's very informative and follows the stories and legends of how certain dishes and treats came to be with a fascinating thoroughness. This is an enjoyable read for any foodie.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

    Are Fortune Cookies really from China? Is Chop Suey strictly an American dish?

    Well, as a lover of Chinese food, this was an interesting read. Throughout the United States, there are more Chinese Restaurants then there are McDonalds, Burger Kings, and KFC's combined.

    Jennifer 8 Lee is an American-Born Chinese who many evenings her mother would send her down the street to the Chinese Restaurant to get supper for them, if she had a busy day at work. Then there is always the fortune cookie at the end.

    Later on, as she read about the 110 people across the United States who all won the lottery by what else, using numbers found in their fortune cookies, which I used to throw away. Well, as a lover of Chinese food, this was an interesting read. Throughout the United States, there are more Chinese Restaurants then there are McDonalds, Burger Kings, and KFC's combined.

    Jennifer 8 Lee is an American-Born Chinese who many evenings her mother would send her down the street to the Chinese Restaurant to get supper for them, if she had a busy day at work. Then there is always the fortune cookie at the end.

    Later on, as she read about the 110 people across the United States who all won the lottery by what else, using numbers found in their fortune cookies, which I used to throw away. Jennifer started looking into the mystery and from there into the world of Chinese food and restaurants.

    Are Fortune Cookies really from China? Is Chop Suey strictly an American dish?

    To me, this was like reading a documentary, which I really enjoy.

    Follow along as she travels the country side and visits Chinese Restaurants from Wyoming, to California, to Louisiana. Travel with her as she finds the legends of what most of all love to eat.. Chinese food.

    Are Fortune Cookies really from China? Is Chop Suey strictly an American dish?

    To me, this was like reading a documentary, which I really enjoy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Fun, interesting, offbeat and clever

    I enjoyed reading this book--it provided light entertainment and yet was completely non-fictional. It was interesting to view Chinese topics in America as discussed by a 1st-generation Chinese author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Ms. Lee's book was a quick, fun read, but it shows her youth and need to dig a little deeper. Restaurants like Chun Cha Fu (Upper Westside), Port Arthur, China Lane (Chinatown), Tom's Shangri-La and Ho-Ho (midtown) all should/could have been a part of the story.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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