I think Tony Duquette must be the most unusual and fantastic designer that ever lived. He has designed the interiors of some of American's finest homes (including his own), bringing his elaborate, multi-layered visions to life with explosions of imagination. His ideas extended to Broadway stage design, Hollywood set design, department store boutiques, window displays, even outdoor rooms and gazebos. All of it is scrupulously recorded in this beautiful book. I find myself actually muttering "wow" when my eyes fall upon some of his designs. His legacy is inspirational, and so is this book.
Did you know that the fortune cookie is an American invention? Or that 'chicken balls' do not exist in actual Chinese cuisine? Did you know there is no such thing as 'red sauce' or 'chicken chow mein' in China? "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles" is a fun book about the history of American-Chinese restaurants, the immigrant experience in America and the rise of Chinese food as the second most popular American take-out order after pizza. Jennifer Lee does a fantastic job of exploring the history of fast-food Chinese in North American culture and even provides a list of the best American-Chinese restaurants in North America to try.