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Order Like a Pro at Lao Hunan in Chicago's Chinatown

Culled from a dozen or so trial and error trips, the following dishes represent sure-fire hits when planning a trip to Lao Hunan. Admittedly, this is not a list of the most obscure, most adventurous dishes on the menu. Instead, it represents a palate-challenging (as opposed to alienating) crash course on dishes guaranteed to result in return visits. More

Cook the Book: 'Every Grain of Rice'

When it comes to cooking Chinese food at home, I'm usually in the "stir-fry it or buy it" category. I'm more than willing to toss some veggies and pieces of meat in a skillet with soy sauce, chiles, ginger, and garlic come dinnertime, but ask me about red-braising or dry-frying and I'll usually shrug my shoulders and suggest heading to Mission Chinese or Z&Y. But now that I have a copy of Fuchsia Dunlop's new cookbook, Every Grain of Rice on my kitchen counter, things have changed. Enter to win your copy here! More

The NYT Is A Little Late To Hunan Tea Party

Ah, our friends at the Times finally got around to reviewing the Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop. Of course we aired Fuchsia's General Tso's Chicken cooking video along with her terrific running commentary back in February. Also previously: Interview: Fuchsia Dunlop, General Tso, and Me, Recipe: Fuchsia Dunlop's General Tso's Chicken, The Histories of General Tso's Chicken... More

The Histories of General Tso's Chicken

Hunan Resources: "But even if General Tso’s chicken is an invented tradition, it has to be seen as a part of the story of Hunanese cuisine. After all, it embodies a narrative of the old Chinese apprentice system and the golden age of Hunanese cookery, the tragedy of civil war and exile, the struggle of the Chinese diaspora to adapt to American society and in the end the opening up of China and the re-establishment of links between Taiwan and the mainland." Fuchsia Dunlop's NYT essay on the history of General Tso's is super interesting whether or not you like the dish; if reading it gives you deja vu, maybe you read Michael Browning's Who Was General Tso And Why... More

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