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Fortune cookie says: To succeed, you must share.

Jul 21, 2010, 13:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The last time you ate Chinese food, you probably weren't thinking about open source development. But according to Jennifer 8. Lee, author of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," the food on your plate arrived there in precisely that way.

"General Tso's chicken? Unrecognizable to its creator, let alone the General's relatives. Swap out the butter and vanilla for sesame and miso in that most famous of Chinese desserts, the fortune cookie, and you have something that closely resembles tsujiura senbei, a Japanese fortune cracker. Americans will be sad to learn that much of the rest of the world—including China—is rather unfamiliar with this delicacy.

"So if the fortune cookie comes from Japan, and most of American-Chinese restaurant food is foreign to the Chinese, where did these items come from and who put them on the menu of your local Chinese restaurant?"

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