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Cecilia Chiang

Last week when I arrived in San Francisco for the lunar new year celebration, it didn’t surprise me to see Cecilia Chiang prominently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. At the age of 97 Cecilia has launched a new mini-series with KQED, “Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang.” I felt an urgency to see Cecilia before Saturday, New Year’s day, as I had a special gift for her. My father taught me that giving a book at the start of the year is bad luck. The word for book in Chinese is a homonym for losing. In other words, to give a book as Read More …

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Chow Chop Suey and Florence Lin

As a Chinese American I’ve found it fascinating—and deeply moving—to read Anne Mendelson’s Chow Chop Suey. I’ve written about Chinese-American culinary history in all my cookbooks and thought I had a solid understanding of it. But the scope and breadth of Anne’s book is so extraordinary that it made me think about my own family’s history in a new light. There were many moments, as I read, when I wished my father were still alive so I could discuss it with him. As Jane Lear wrote, Anne Mendelson is “one of the finest food historians of our time.” For me, Read More …

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“Chow Chop Suey.” by Anne Mendelson

On November 30th at 7 pm, I’ll be interviewing Anne Mendelson about her great new book “Chow Chop Suey.” This special event will be at the 92nd Street Y and is sponsored by Kitchen Arts and Letters. Anne has written a remarkable book on the history of Chinese American food tracing it from its humble 19th century beginnings when the Cantonese came to California seeking work during the Gold Rush. She is a formidable food scholar and is the author of “Milk” and “Stand Facing the Stove.”     The last time Anne and I did an event together was Read More …

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