Book: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

[en] Well, it’s been a while, but I hope to get back on a regular schedule here.

I read the “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” by Jennifer 8. Lee a few months ago, where she literally  follows the fortune cookie trail in search of its birthplace, and at the same time, evokes the development of Chinese restaurants in America and throughout the world. The book is packed with fascinating anecdotes about fortune cookies and the Chinese restaurant business, some funny, and others more tragic.
And, I can only appreciate her geekiness for comparing Chinese restaurants as an open source model in the food industry, whereas Mc Donald is following a proprietary model (ie Windows). It’s a light reading which I highly recommend, and so do the Amazon readers!

To complement the reading, here’s a TED presentation by Jennifer 8. Lee, and a short movie by Marko Slavnic, best enjoyed after reading the book. Enjoy!

[fr] Allez, on se reprend en main ici!

Un repas dans un restaurant chinois aux états-unis se conclue généralement avec un fortune cookie, un biscuit aux orgines mystérieuses. Jennifer 8. Lee en a donc fait sa mission de mieux comprendre comment le succés du fortune cookie et de tenter de trouver son lieu de naissance. Ce projet de longue haleine s’est étendue sur plusieurs années, et l’auteure nous partages toutes ces anecdotes dans “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles”. Le livre évoque aussi le dévelopement des restaurants chinois aux états-unis et dans le monde, et des personnes qui travaillent dans ce milieu.
Pour agrémenter, la lecture de cet ouvrage, quelques vidéos ci-dessous.

 (last updated: 2015/08/20 四)


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