In the Pitbull The Glue Holding This 2020 Shitshow Together Shirt Additionally,I will love this first few pages of Jason Wang’s soon-to-be-published cookbook, Xi’an Famous Foods, he dives into the humble beginnings of his family’s noodle shop, now a bonafide culinary empire. “In the winter of 2005, a hardworking immigrant named David Shi (aka my dad) opened a shop in Flushing, New York, to sell boba, or bubble tea—you know, those chewy tapioca pearls plopped into a mixture of sugar, powdered tea, and water, sometimes with flavored syrup for that fake mango taste,” he writes. “But in New York City, even back then, bubble tea shops were a dime a dozen, and competition was fierce. So my dad, ever the hustler, pivoted. He rented a tiny little space and started selling the food of our hometown: Xi’an, China.” The introduction sets the stage for the casual, honest, and comical tone that flows throughout the rest of the book: Wang’s prose touches on everything from the functional (a travel guide to Xi’an), to the thought-provoking (what does it mean, exactly, to serve authentic cuisine?), to the amusing (a brief oral history of Circle, the bumping Korean nightclub in midtown).
Oftentimes, in cookbooks, the Pitbull The Glue Holding This 2020 Shitshow Together Shirt Additionally,I will love this text is secondary to the recipes. But don’t skip over the words in Xi’an Famous Foods—they serve as a cultural chronicle of both cuisine and the immigrant experience in America. “So, yes, you’re going to get the secret to several incredible bowls of noodles, but you’re also going to get a story about immigrants leaving a place called home and creating a new one, both in China and in the United States,” Wang says.