In my collection of nearly ten thousand Chinese menus dating back to 1879 is one from the Lion’s Den, a San Francisco restaurant and nightclub. This historical menu hints at an intriguing bygone era in its claim as “America’s Only Under-Ground Chinese Nite Club Featuring an All-Chinese Floor Show.”
My career in food began unofficially at the age of two when, after watching a TV show, I filleted my sister’s goldfish, cutting them in half with scissors and unceremoniously depositing them in the toilet bowl.
Larry Brown likes it poured over ice. Rick Bragg has been known to enjoy a frosty can with breakfast, even while reporting from the far reaches of the globe. William Faulkner preferred mixing his with a little—ok, a lot—of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
- Consumer Citizenship: A Preview of the Gastronomica/SOAS Distinguished Lecture
In advance of the next event on March 16, Amita Baviskar gives readers a taste of her upcoming lecture, “Consumer Citizenship: The Social Life of Industrial Foods in India.”