I just finished reading Fuchsia Dunlop's new book, Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food, and enjoyed it immensely! For those not already familiar with Fuchsia, she's the widely respected James Beard Award-winning food writer and cook specializing in Chinese cuisine.
What struck me most was that instead of being a book of recipes, it delved deep into Chinese culture, heritage and philosophy through the prism of food — and its importance throughout the Chinese way of life.
This anthropological masterpiece made me feel like Fuchsia, “makes the strange familiar” and “the familiar strange”. It's an eerily gratifying feeling as someone who was born and raised in Chongqing, China, now living overseas.
50Hertz is pleased to help support Fuchsia Dunlop's US tour together with her publisher, W. W. Norton, for her new book, Invitation to a Banquet, as an in-kind sponsor by providing Tingly Sichuan Pepper Peanut snack packs at each of the hosting venues. She will be doing book talks in NYC, DC, Seattle, Portland OR, SF, and LA. Our tingly Sichuan pepper peanuts will bring tingles to each venue and, I hope, stimulate conversations.
Dates and details are below. Mark your calendar now!
6:30pm Platform by the James Beard Foundation
25 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
*Event Sold Out*
4-6pm Chang Chang
1200 19th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
7:00pm Bold Fork Books
3064 Mt. Pleasant St NW, Washington DC 20009
Fuchsia in conversation with Genevieve Villamora
Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-fuchsia-dunlop-for-her-new-book-invitation-to-a-banquet-tickets-739463032837?aff=oddtdtcreator
*$6 to attend (plus EB fees) or free to attend with purchase of signed book $32.50 (plus EB fees). *Event Sold Out*
3pm PT Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
Event link: https://www.powells.com/book/invitation-to-a-banquet-9780393867138/1-1
6:30-8:00pm PT Book Larder
*Event Sold Out *
(But don't despair! Book signing line opens at 7:45pm. Link for more details---> https://booklarder.com/products/book-signing-fuchsia-dunlop-invitation-to-a-banquet)
2pm - 4pm PT China Live
644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
6:30pm Omnivore Books
3885A Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94131
6-9pm Mister. Jiu’s / Moongate Lounge
28 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
$75 admission (with snacks and a drink)
Los Angeles, CA
7pm, Thursday, 11/16/23
Now Serving LA
Fuchsia Dunlop in Conversation with Chris Ying for Invitation to a Banquet Majordomo Media Studio Row DTLA 757 S. Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
Ticketed event: $10 general admission; $36 general admission and signed copy.