This month was especially tasty!
Fortune Cookie Chronicles turned out to be a fascinating book, giving a great history of American style Chinese food, dishes unique to America and where they might have come from, the debate over who created the fortune cookie (the Japanese, as it turns out), and much insight into the struggles people go through to run a Chinese restaurant in order to make a better life for their children.
Inspired by the book, we created variations on American style Chinese food:
Dawn – store bought fortune cookies + Fried Rice
Karen – General Tso’s Chicken
Debbie - deep fried salmon stuffed wonton
Katie - Ginger Garlic Chicken and Beef and Broccoli
Julie – beef and duck on rice
Tanya – humbow and mango coconut jellies.
Heather – sautéed vegetables and sticky rice, iced green tea
For those who want to know more, and see some crazy variations on Chinese food, check out the author’s blog.
We decided on the schedule for the rest of the year, in case you want to get reading early (I know there is a limited number of August and October’s books):
May 9 – Omnivore’s Dilemma
June 13 – Little House in the Big Woods
July 11 - Heat: an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave
August 8 - A Thousand Days in Venice
September 12 - Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
October 10- Five Quarters of the Orange
November 14 – Pie Month – Life of Pi
December 12 - Sweet Revenge
Looking forward to discussing Omnivore’s Dilemma with you next month, and seeing what you decide to cook!