Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods (Hardcover)

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The perfect gift book for anyone who loves good food—and an even better story!

Newbery and Caldecott honoree and New York Times bestselling author Grace Lin delivers a groundbreaking, lushly illustrated, and beautifully written full-color book that explores the whimsical myths and stories behind your favorite American Chinese food.

New York Times bestseller!
An ALA Notable Book

A BookPage Best Book of the Year!
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2023!

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. 

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.

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About the Author

Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is

Praise For…

Not to be missed, grab your chopsticks, some oolong tea, and dive into this culinary treasure trove.

SLJ, starred
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316486002
ISBN-10: 0316486000
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English