I was a girl for seventeen years and a boy for twelve years more. A thousand glances took me in, which one saw the truth? Only now do I know for sure, …
The basics: 1. Spatchcock a whole chicken (or more, if you’re feeling frisky). 2. Slather multiple tablespoons of doubanjiang under the skin of the bre…
The tie that binds 19th century tea plantations in India's Assam with Uber and Lyft in 21st century California.
Chinese games are too good. So the CCP -- the ultimate Big Boss -- decided to level up.
A foundational text that reflected changing immigration flows, the globalization of Sichuan cuisine – and even the career paths of New York Times food …
Li Bai wrote about a grand “me” -- how I am, what I am like, what I said and did. The world scarcely matters at all, except as a prop to hang his headb…
A story about my uncle, LSD, Berkeley, and madness.
China's newest trade export: the art of humiliating self-criticism
A previously unknown (to me) fact about huajiao.
With the pandemic on the run, let's put down our phones and break some margarita glasses
A dish that contains multitudes, collapses peripheries and explains the rise and fall of empires.
First: an apology. This is the longest I’ve gone without publishing a newsletter post since the inception of The Cleaver and the Butterfly. Shameful! D…