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  • Cuisine and Empireby Rachel Laudan

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Rachel Laudan tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the world?s great cuisines?from the mastery of grain cooking some twenty thousand years ago, to the present?in this superbly researched book. Probing beneath the apparent confusion of dozens of cuisines to reveal the underlying simplicity of the culinary family tree, she shows how periodic... more...

  • Pastrami on Ryeby Ted Merwin

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 21.50

    For much of the twentieth century, the New York Jewish deli was an iconic institution in both Jewish and American life. As a social space it rivaled?and in some ways surpassed?the synagogue as the primary gathering place for the Jewish community. In popular culture it has been the setting for classics like When Harry Met Sally . And today, after... more...

  • From Canton Restaurant to Panda Expressby Haiming Liu

    Rutgers University Press 2015; US$ 27.95

    Historian Haiming Liu takes readers on a compelling journey from the California Gold Rush to the present, letting us witness both the profusion of Chinese restaurants across the United States and the evolution of many distinct American-Chinese iconic dishes from chop suey to General Tso?s chicken. Along the way, historian Haiming Liu explains how... more...

  • The Fortune Cookie Chroniclesby Jennifer B. Lee

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; US$ 8.99

    If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through... more...

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