As a child of divorce in the 70's Chinese food was my first 'ethic' cuisine. (RIP Golden Dragon!) Not only did I love the taste I was fascinated by the decor and all the small accompanying ceremonies. This beautiful book not only takes me back to declaring "I hope heaven has a Chinese restaurant" (family legend!) it makes me HUNGRY. Ostensibly a kids book, it tells the myths and stories behind all the food we enjoy today. Did you know that wonton soup tells the story of creation? Or that rice is the foundation of the human spirit? Feast on this delicious book and find out.— From Sam's Picks
The perfect gift book for Lunar New Year for anyone who loves good food—and an even better story!
Newbery and Caldecott honoree and New York Times bestselling author Grace Lin delivers a groundbreaking, lushly illustrated, and beautifully written full-color book that explores the whimsical myths and stories behind your favorite American Chinese food.
A New York Times bestseller!
An ALA Notable Book
A BookPage Best Book of the Year!
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2023!
From fried dumplings to fortune cookies, here are the tales behind your favorite foods.
Do you know the stories behind delectable dishes—like the fun connection between scallion pancakes and pizza? Or how dumplings cured a village’s frostbitten ears? Or how wonton soup tells about the creation of the world?
Separated into courses like a Chinese menu, these tales—based in real history and folklore—are filled with squabbling dragons, magical fruits, and hungry monks. This book will bring you to far-off times and marvelous places, all while making your mouth water. And, along the way, you might just discover a deeper understanding of the resilience and triumph behind this food, and what makes it undeniably American.
Award-winning and bestselling author Grace Lin provides a visual and storytelling feast as she gives insight on the history, legends, and myths behind your favorite American Chinese dishes. Chinese Menu makes the perfect gift book for anyone who loves good food—and an even better story.
About the Author
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is www.gracelin.com.
Not to be missed, grab your chopsticks, some oolong tea, and dive into this culinary treasure trove.—SLJ, starred