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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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Happy Year of the Monkey

Many people have asked me the meaning of the year of the monkey. Not being a Chinese astrologer I’m really not the person to advise on such matters. But yesterday, I received this beautiful photo of my friend and mentor Florence Lin, that provides a glimpse into the monkey personality. Florence is born in 1920, the Year of the metal Monkey. Her daughter wrote me, “Mom is doing slave work for us: slicing meat paper thin (for the special new year’s eve dinner). Her only pay is a scotch on the rocks and a few peanuts.” Seeing Florence with her Read More …

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