Late Night in the Lion’s Den: Chinese Restaurant-Nightclubs in 1940s San Francisco

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.”

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The Evolution of a Chef

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.

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Black Magic: Old Coke and the New South

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.

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