Fortune Cookies Revisited

Times metro reporter Jennifer 8. Lee has turned her fortune cookie explorations into a book: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. The book goes beyond just cookies, according to its Web site, which promises a look at the “enduring mysteries of Chinese cuisine through a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes.” No word yet on whether it offers any more tips for using cookies to win Powerball.


I had a fortune cookie once that said "3 can keep a secret. If you get rid of 2."

How creepy is that?


My wife is eight and half months pregnant and due to some Old Wive's Tale she swears that the child will be a girl.

Then came the Chinese food we ate last week.

On the reverse side of the fortune cookie's prognostication, the 'learn Chinese' section that I'm sure some of you are familiar with, was a single word: "Boy".

Now, no matter what, some silly superstition is going to be reinforced. It's the power of Western fairy tales versus Eastern insight.


Weird, seeing as fortune cookies are believed to have been invented in Los Angeles by the Hong Kong Noodle Company in 1918, and are still imported to China (in English).


@#1, Wyatt...

We had a similar experience at our house. The pregnancy test we took said we weren't pregnant. Then the next day, I got a fortune cookie that said: "Three is your lucky number this week". Our first kid was born about 9 months later.

Sometimes the fortunes come right at the right time...

fortunate son

My spicy schezuan beef with fortune cookies these days is that frequently they contain NO fortune! Often it's just a statement or a platitude.

I want to know what's going to happen! Bring on the future!

Dave Younskevicius

Funny enough, I actually mentioned this book in my recent blog post on fortune cookies:

I also mentioned the powerball fortune cookie story you've talked about here. In fact, this might have been the first place I heard about it. I hope Jennifer's book is interesting, since I'd obviously like to know more about fortune cookies and Chinese food in general. (Jennifer mentions this too, but I found out last while researching a blog post that Chinese food is probably the most popular ethnic cuisine in the U.S.)