Monday, March 3
Chinese Food Nation
These days, Chinese restaurants usually take the form of urban carryout shops and suburban buffets. And they seem to be everywhere. Indeed, according to a review of a new book by New York Times writer, Jennifer Lee, there are about 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., "more than the number of McDonald's, Burger Kings, and KFCs combined." Indeed, she asserts, "Chinese food might be our national cuisine." How can this be? Surely there are more hole-in-the-wall BBQ joints and Mexican restaurants--to this I can attest by personal experience! In fact, my Peruvian son-in-law is pretty well convinced that he did not marry into an American family, but a Mexican one.