The Masters of Social Gastronomy: Chinese TakeoutBrooklyn Brainery
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Every month, our MSG lectures take on the history and science behind some of your favorite foods. Up this month: Chinese takeout. Chinatown is perhaps the only neighborhood in New York where $1 can
get a full meal; a century ago, the same was true of Chinatown's chop suey houses, whose entrees were considered exotic by droves of hungry New Yorkers. At this month's MSG, Sarah will cover the history of Chinese take out, from dim sum to tea houses to the Jewish connection to Chinese food. Soma will reveal the stories behind our modern American Chinese food experience, from the man behind General Tso's to who put the magic in your fortune cookie. We'll also take a step across the Pacific to see how American food adapts to the Chinese palate: what happens when Colonel Sanders meets General Tso? And! We'll be raffling off a copy or two of Diana Kuan's The Chinese Takeout Cookbook.
We're at the Brainery this month! Doors at 6:30pm, talks start around 7pm. This is a standing-room lecture; some very limited seating will be available if you get there early! $5 includes admission, a beer, + a raffle ticket.
Mindy Bond, Editor