The China Beat–a blog which usually covers news and current events from the Middle Kingdom–has posted a quick write-up on some recent books about Chinese food. They discuss The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee; Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop; and The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco by Cecilia Chiang. I’ve read the first one, plan on reading the second one, and honestly hadn’t heard about the third one.
The comments also point to some other good books on the subject, including my recent favorite, Jen Lin-Liu’s Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China. For my money, that one’s the best of the lot.–David E