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Chop suey, USA : the story of Chinese food in America / Yong Chen.

Chen, Yong, 1960- (author.).
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Subject: Cooking, Chinese.
Chinese > United States > Social life and customs.
Food habits > United States > History.
Cooking, Chinese.
Food habits.
Hauswirtschaft und Familienleben.
Social Sciences.
Sociology, other.
Sociology.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780231538169
  • ISBN: 0231538162
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (292 pages).
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Chop Suey, the Big Mac of the Pre-McDonald's Era -- 1. Why is Chinese Food so Popular? -- 2. The Empire and Empire Food -- 3. Chinese Cooks as Stewards of Empire -- 4. The Cradle of Chinese Food -- 5. The Rise of Chinese Restaurants -- 6. The Makers of American Chinese Food -- 7. "Chinese-American Cuisine" and the Authenticity of Chop Suey -- 8. The Chinese Brillat-Savarin -- Conclusion: The Home of No Return -- Afterword: Why Study Food?
Summary: American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country's most popular ethnic cuisine. Chop Suey, USA offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American gastronomic landscape and turned the country into an empire of consumption.
Language Note: In English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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