Friday, September 11, 2009

middle kingdom cuisine in a column


Photo Courtesy of Oxford Press


The image of Chinese food take-out box is still the standard example of food delivered to your door that doesn't dent the wallet. But how about the history behind this nation's relationship with Chinese food? Look no further: according to Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Andrew Coe has a new book out entitled "Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States." CPS reporter Robin Datel writes a thorough overview of the various topics that Coe covers, from the impact that the Gold Rush had in moving Chinese into the mainstream to the rise of the suburbs and the impact this urban planning trend had on Chinese restaurants. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this read--over a Chinese take-out meal, of course!

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