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Monday, March 31, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on March 31 at 10:13 AM

Two open mic nights tonight and only one reading, but it should be a pretty great one.

New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee is at the Elliott Bay Book Company, reading from her new book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which is about Chinese food and American Chinese food and the elusive General Tso. The always-delightful Stranger Eat & Tell columnist Angela Garbes writes about Ms. Lee in this week’s column. An excerpt:

Her writing for the Times—whether it’s about Chinatown in Flushing, Queens, or popular baby names—is smart and funny, and her book is an obsessive exploration of Chinese food in this country, how immigrants shaped the food culture, and the cuisine’s decidedly American characteristics. Then, there is the matter of the epic parties Lee was known for throwing in D.C. and the lawsuit her former landlady filed against her: “There was urinating and defecating on the property, vomiting on the stairways. The kitchen was destroyed, the floors were destroyed, my baby grand piano was used as a wet bar and taken apart.”

Hopefully, there will be vomiting and urinating and defecating at the Elliott Bay Book Company tonight, but barring that, it should be an interesting reading, at least.

Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, here.

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Total useless fun-fact time, but fortune cookies were invented by a Japanese family in San Francisco. Neither here nor there, just thought I'd share that.

Posted by Dougsf | March 31, 2008 11:59 AM

when i lived in the uk our corner chinese did a version of general tso for my dad but it was NOTHING like the american version...i think it could have qualified as actually healthy and it was delicious.

Posted by Jiberish | March 31, 2008 12:01 PM


Posted by Nick | April 1, 2008 10:43 AM

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