Seems that fortune cookies are having their day in the sun on the red carpet in San Francisco during the Asian American Film Festival and in the bookshelves with the forthcoming book "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles." Oh, and forget about what you may "think you know" about those fun little folded snappy, crumbly delish deliveries of fortunes...they are NOT Chinese. They are more than likely a creation of Makoto Hagiwara, a landscape architect and creator of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco, 1909.
Another revelation is that there are no fortune cookies in China. "In China, it's an exotic item. A fortune cookie company from New York opened up a business in China in 2002, but it closed down in two years," Shimoda says, noting that the label said "genuine American fortune cookies." - SFGateThe film by Derek Shimoda - "The Killing of a Chinese Cookie" and the blog for the book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. If you are in the Pasadena area on the 27th of March, stop on by one of my favorite bookstores, Vroman's, and see the author of the book, Jennifer 8. Lee discuss the book and her findings.
Labels: Books, Chinese, Cookies, Film, fortune cookies, Japanese, San Francisco