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  • Archive for January, 2009

    General Tso in a Bottle

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    I was in a kitchen today and saw a bottle of Iron Chef’s General Tso’s Sauce and Glaze. It was a bit too sweet, and not spicy enough. Nonetheless. You can get General Tso in a bottle!
    general tsos sauce and glaze

    Splendid Table and Fortune Cookies

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    My interview on Splendid Table [mp3] by American Public Media ran on NPR stations last week. (I recorded it back in December). They are broadcast in 299 stations, but sadly not in Manhattan, al though they are carried on WCWP 88.1 FM which covers some areas of Queens and the Bronx.
    splendid table

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Happy Year of the Ox (my parents’ birth year). For whatever reason, all the news outlets feel that they obligatory shot of cute Asian kids and dancing dragons. Often times Chinese holiday imagery can be boiled to cute kids, old people, dancing dragons and firecrackers.

    LAT: Bringing Fortune Cookies into the 21st Century.

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    A Los Angeles Times columnist, Gregory Rodriguez, writes about Kenny Yee, who bought one of L.A.’s four Chinese fortune cookie factories. (Good luck, the margins are awful.) I wonder which four there are. There is Amay, Peking Noodle, now-defunct Hong Kong Noodle…which else.
    I’m a bit sad about this part of his piece.
    I hate to [...]

    About Time I Got Out of That Cookie

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    This is the most hysterical fortune that someone at my talk at the Richmond Jewish Community Center (which has a water slide!). Those people over Wonton Food are getting quite frisky.

    Richmond Times-Dispatch: Looking for General Tso

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Bill Lohmann of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote a fun cover article about my upcoming talk at the Richmond JCC.
    The JCC said they never get this type of coverage, so maybe they should invite food authors more often. usually it’s just a blurb.
    Billactually did the interview when I was in Miami on the way to [...]

    Man Date in the Bromance Comedy, I Love You Man

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    This new film I Love You Man (Dreamworks out March 20), is basically one long series of man dates. Sensitive, Emo-centric Peter (Paul Rudd) who finds himself distraught on the eve of his proposal finds that he has no male friends to be his best man.
    man dates, movies

    Tonight. Talk at the University Club @ 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    Today. Talk at The University Club. I can’t believe I’m still giving talks. (This is my third event this month! Oy. I have like three more to go — Charlotte, Denver, Denver). I think four in February. Then the paperback is out in March.

    Jan. 11, 92nd Street Y, with David Chang and Steven Shaw

    Saturday, January 10th, 2009

    I’m doing an event Sunday at the 92nd Street Y with David Chang (of Momofuku fame) and Steven Shaw (of eGullet) called Asian Dining Rules. Get it? Asian Dining…Rules (verb), or Asian…Dining Rules (noun). Here is the description.
    David Chang, Jennifer 8. Lee and Steven Shaw
    Mike Colameco, moderator
    Book signing to follow.

    Join in a wide-ranging discussion of [...]

    Good-bye 2008, Hello 2009!

    Monday, January 5th, 2009

    We are back! Happy 2009. In many ways 2008 was a good year (book, Olympics, loml). But it was, due to implosion of economy, also a sad year. Let’s see what happens.