Book Reading with Grace Lin (Oakland Asian Cultural Center)
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th Street, Oakland, CA
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Join OACC and Eastwind Books of Berkeley for a book talk with award-winning and bestselling children’s book author Grace Lin in celebrating the release of her new anthology, CHINESE MENU: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite American Chinese Foods (suitable for ages 8 – 12 years old).
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 pizza? 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.
Grace Lin provides a visual and storytelling feast as she gives insight on the history, legends, and myths behind your favorite American Chinese dishes.