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New and noteworthy -- Chinese Menu

Why does Buddha "jump the wall?" Why would we want to eat the beggar's chicken? Who was General Tso? Was he a cook, and if not, then why is there a chicken dish named after him? In one of our new acquisitions you can find the answers to these questions and many more. 

China has a very rich and incredibly long history that includes its food. When I first started to study Chinese I discovered they have a story behind nearly everything they eat. Learning a new language opens up a whole new vista of knowledge about a culture, but you do not necessarily have to study the language to discover what China has to offer and what goes on their plate. 

Marvelous books like Grace Lin's Chinese Menu will give you plenty of new and entertaining anecdotes, legends, and the sometimes true history that make up the origin story for countless Chinese dishes we all know and love. Plus, each chapter comes illustrated with beautiful full-color drawings. 

Formerly found in the “Children’s” section of the library, we’ve renamed this collection of materials “Universal”.  This book, maybe better than any other, shows why the Mechanics Institute Library renamed this collection. Chinese Menu is definitely not just for children, but is accessible to readers of all ages. In fact, this is an ideal book for parents to read and share with their children at bedtime.

Posted on Mar. 30, 2024 by Steven Dunlap