Upcoming Event

Irene Li and Andrew Li

present

Double Awesome Chinese Food:
Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
7
Thursday
March 7, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes restaurateurs IRENE LI and ANDREW LI—two of the three sibling co-owners of The Mei Mei Group, the celebrated Boston-based restaurant and food truck catering business—for a discussion of their first cookbook, Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen.

About Double Awesome Chinese Food

Too intimidated to cook Chinese food at home but crave those punchy flavors? Not anymore. Put down that takeout kung pao chicken and get in the kitchen! Full of irresistible recipes that marry traditional Asian ingredients with comforting American classics and seasonal ingredients, Double Awesome Chinese Food delivers the goods. The three fun-loving Chinese-American siblings behind the acclaimed restaurant Mei Mei take the fear factor out of cooking this complex cuisine, infusing it with creativity, playfulness, and ease.

Take the Double Awesome: flaky scallion pancakes stuffed with two oozy eggs, sharp cheddar, and garlicky pesto; could there be anything better? Ridiculously delicious and unexpected dishes like Cranberry Sweet and Sour Stir-fried Pork and Red Curry Frito Pie will become new staples for your cooking lineup. Throw a hands-on dumpling-making party and let your friends decide whether to serve them chewy and pan-seared or crackly and deep-fried. Packed with pro-cooking tips, sauces to amp up any meal, sustainable sourcing advice, and over 100 delicious recipes, this book is your ticket to making the Chinese food of your dreams any night of the week.

Praise

Double Awesome Chinese Food is chock-full of inspiring stories and fabulous recipes. Reading it brings me the same sense of joy as going into Mei Mei—I’m excited, and I know I’m going to stuff my face with amazing food. Kudos!” —Joanne Chang, author of Flour and Myers+Chang at Home

“The food in this book is unique and as filled with personality as it is with flavor, as inventive as it is familiar and comforting. You’ll come away from this book wanting to jump into the kitchen. These authors have that one innate quality that all great chefs share: they know what delicious is, and more importantly, they know that delicious doesn’t have to be fussy or fancy.” —J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab, Chief Culinary Consultant at Serious Eats, and Chef at Wursthall

Andrew Li
Andrew Li

Andrew Li

Along with Margaret and Irene Li, Andrew Li is a sibling co-owner of The Mei Mei Group, a Boston-based restaurant, food truck, and catering company with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and great service. Their food truck, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, opened in 2012 and was soon awarded Boston’s Best Meals on Wheels by Boston Magazine. Known for their dedication to sustainable operations, employee education, and ethical sourcing, Mei Mei has become a leader in the New England local food scene. Andrew enjoys grilling, binge-reading science fiction novels, and visiting every bouncy house in Greater Boston with his son, Jackson.

Irene Li
Irene Li

Irene Li

Along with Margaret and Andrew Li, Irene Li is a sibling co-owner of The Mei Mei Group, a Boston-based restaurant, food truck, and catering company. Led by Chef Irene, Mei Mei’s creative Chinese-American cuisine draws upon the siblings’ multicultural heritage, combining Chinese techniques and influences with the bounty of New England farms. Their brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in late 2013 and was named Eater Boston’s Restaurant of the Year. Irene is a four-time James Beard Rising Star Chef semi-finalist, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and Eater Young Gun. She loves rescue dogs and hip-hop dance videos, and lives in Boston with her husband.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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