Join us for a sumptuous evening of food-themed tales. In The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008), New York Timesreporter Jennifer 8. Lee chronicles her search for the world’s best Chinese restaurant with a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes. Culinary historian, Chitrita Banerji has narrated her love of food in several volumes her latest being Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices (Bloomsbury, 2007), an account of her culinary tour across India.
Chitrita Banerji grew up in Calcutta and came to the United States as a graduate student; she received her master’s degree in English from Harvard University. She has since become and internationally recognized writer on Bengali food, and is the author of Life and Food in Bengal (Penguin Books India, 2005), Feeding the Gods (Seagull Books, 2006), and Land of Milk and Honey (Seagull Books, 2007). A two-time winner of the Sophie Coe Awards in Food and History, she has written about food for Gourmet, Gastronomica, Granta, the Boston Globe, and the American Prospect.
Jennifer 8. Lee is a metropolitan reporter at The New York Times, where she has worked for many years. She harbors a deep obsession for Chinese food, the product of which is The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008), which explores how Chinese food is all-American. Born and raised in New York City, she attended Hunter College Elementary and High School and is alumna of Harvard University.
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