By Jennifer 8. Lee Twelve Publishing, New York, 2008, 310 pp., $24.99 (hardcover) Lee is a metro reporter for the New York Times whose interest in exploring the subject of Chinese food in America was prompted by an incident in 2005 when — defying all statistical logic — more than a hundred people across multiple states picked the same winning numbers in a Powerball lottery. It turns out that the winners all used “lucky numbers” from fortune cookies they got at Chinese restaurants. Lee's ...

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