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“Each dish starts off with the author sharing childhood and family memories, an explanation of what the dish contains, and the significance of the dish in the Chinese culture (or whether it is simply a dish that Chinese restaurants have created to please the American palate)…Appetites will be ignited as tweens will want to try dishes new to them and to rediscover their old favorites. Lin’s gorgeous, identifiable gouache and pencil illustrations add charm and depth to each item…Not to be missed, grab your chopsticks, some oolong tea, and dive into this culinary treasure trove.”
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Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods

Written by Grace Lin
Illustrated by Grace Lin
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

From fried dumplings to fortune cookies, here are the tales behind your favorite foods.

Do you know the stories behind delectable dishes—like the fun connection between scallion pancakes and pizzas Or how dumplings cured a village’s frostbitten ears? Or how wonton soup tells about the creation of the world?

Separated into courses like a Chinese menu, these tales—based in real history and folklore—are filled with squabbling dragons, magical fruits, and hungry monks. This book will bring you to far-off times and marvelous places, all while making your mouth water. And, along the way, you might just discover a deeper understanding of the resilience and triumph behind this food, and what makes it undeniably American.

Award-winning and bestselling author Grace Lin provides a visual and storytelling feast as she gives insight on the history, legends, and myths behind your favorite American Chinese dishes. Chinese Menu makes the perfect gift book for anyone who loves good food—and an even better story.

Primary ISBN: 9780316486002
Publication Date: September 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Hybrid Nonfiction, Mythology & Memoir, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States, China

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Book's Narrator is 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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