November 15, 2013
Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee is the author of the book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.
Her fascination with American Chinese food led her to research and write the book, in which she solves some of the mysteries around this indigenous cuisine, including such questions as: “Who is General Tso and why are we eating his chicken?”
… you combine it in a way that looks foreign on the outside, but is sort of indigenous to that native land.
So, you know, what happens to me with some regularity is people ask you, you know, so where are you from?
And being in New York, and I’m like, I’m from New York.
And they’re like, no, no, where are you really from?
And I’m like, dude, I was, like, born and raised in New York, and I live there now.
Americans in the 19th century ate foods such as robins and calf’s foot jelly and boiled eels.