Book Excerpt! Chow Chop Suey, By Anne Mendelson (introduction)

Well-written and impeccably researched, Chow Chop Suey is a beautiful ode both to the history of Chinese Americans and the intriguing ways in which China’s rich food culture continues to take root here and flourish. Anne Mendelson’s section on Chinese American cookbook writers is nothing less than a classic, for she brings sense and order to a long overlooked field with her customary clear perspective and dry wit. Mendelson is one of my favorite food writers and I’d expect nothing less, but this time she’s outdone herself.

~Carolyn Phillips, author of All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China and The Dim Sum Field Guide

We are ending our feature of Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey by Anne Mendelson with the excerpt above, in which Mendelson introduces her research into Chinese food in America and what it reveals about the Chinese community’s identity throughout history. Learn how this study came together and about the breadth of events and issues covered in this work.

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