Cecilia Chiang: The root of Chinese food in US

February 26, 2014 • Entertainment

In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, Cecilia Chiang poses in the kitchen of her home in San Francisco. It’s hard to believe there was a time before there was authentic Chinese food in America. But the tipping point was 1961, when the now-94-year-old Chiang opened the famed Mandarin restaurant in San Francisco. Her story is featured in the new movie, “Soul of a Banquet.” (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Cecilia Chiang is credited with introducing Americans to the taste of authentic Chinese food, though that wasn’t her initial plan.

Chiang wasn’t a chef and hadn’t intended to be an American restaurateur. It was a case of an investment falling apart. As the story goes, in the early ’60s she loaned friends some money to open a restaurant in San Francisco. Except they backed out at the last minute and in order to save the deal, Chiang decided to do it herself. “Maybe it was my Login to read more

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