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The Woks of Life: Chinese Foodways and Authenticity with The Leung Family and Grace Young


Wednesday March 15 2023 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm ET
In-person event



This is the story of a family as told through food. Judy, the mom, speaks to traditional Chinese dishes and cultural backstory. Bill, the dad, worked in his family’s Chinese restaurants and will walk you through how to make a glorious Cantonese Roast Duck. Daughters Sarah and Kaitlin have your vegetable-forward and one-dish recipes covered—put them all together and you have the first cookbook from the funny and poignant family behind the popular blog The Woks of Life.

In celebration of their recent New York Times bestselling cookbook, The Woks of Life: Recipes to Know and Love from a Chinese American Family, MOFAD and The Greene Space are thrilled to host the Leungs in conversation with award-winning cookbook author, Chinese culinary historian, and activist Grace Young.

They will be discussing the meaning of the word “authenticity” as it relates to Chinese food and Chinese cooking and thinking about the ways in which food pathways change Chinese dishes and preferences, especially within a multi-generational family that is cooking together.

Copies of The Woks of Life: Recipes to Know and Love from a Chinese American Family are available for purchase with tickets and at the event. Virtual ticketing option is available.

The Leung Family

Credit: Photo provided by guest

Bill, Judy, Sarah, and Kaitlin Leung are the creators of The Woks of Life. Founded in 2013, The Woks of Life began as a quest to document one family’s history through food and has become the most popular online resource for Chinese cooking in English, recording generations of recipes for millions of home cooks. Parents Bill and Judy, older sister Sarah, and Kaitlin are the authors of The New York Times and USA Today bestselling cookbook, The Woks of Life: Recipes to Know and Love from a Chinese American Family. They have been featured on PBS, the Food Network (digital), Magnolia Network, and Good Morning America (digital), as well as The New York Times, Eater, and many other publications. The Leung family lives in New Jersey, along with a small herd of animals, where they cook, write, and photograph recipes together—and continue their eternal debate over what’s for dinner.

Grace Young

Credit: Photo by Dan Ahn

Grace Young is an award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, and filmmaker. She has been a fierce advocate for America’s Chinatowns, never more so than in her video series Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories, which documents the toll of the pandemic on NYC’s Chinatown, She is currently partnering with the James Beard Foundation and NYC & Co on the #SupportChinatowns social media campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise public awareness that we must all Support Chinatowns today or they won’t exist for others to enjoy tomorrow. Dubbed the “accidental voice for Chinatown” by Grub Street, Grace’s advocacy for Chinatown mom and pop businesses has been featured on the PBS Newshour, Washington Post, Smithsonian , and Vogue magazine. Grace is the 2022 recipient of the Julia Child Foundation’s Julia Child Award and the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work to save America’s Chinatowns amid anti-Asian hate during the pandemic. She is a three-time James Beard Award-winner and a six-time IACP Award-winner including the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Event Details

  • $35 General Admission

$35 in-person, $10 virtual

1 hour and 15 minutes
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St
New York , NY 10014 United States
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