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Michael Zee Author Talk • Zao Fan: Breakfast of China

Saturday August 3rd at 3:00pm

A note about our in-store events:

We offer first come, first served seating in our shop. There will be overflow room outside if needed and the author will be mic'd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You can pre-order a copy below for pick-up at the event or purchase copies on-site.


Michael Zee is the creator of the online sensation SymmetryBreakfast which has been featured in the GuardianWashington PostTelegraph, and many others. Being British-Chinese, growing up helping out in his parents’ Chinese restaurants, and spending five years living in Shanghai, he is uniquely placed to document the huge variety of Chinese breakfast foods and to break down any barriers to Chinese cooking, making the recipes as accessible as possible. The Breakfast of China is his third book after Cook Love Share (2016), and Eat Like a Local: Shanghai (2019). He lives in Bologna with his husband. 


Josh Decolongon is the Audience Engagement Producer for KQED Food and its flagship program Check, Please! Bay Area. He's also the host and producer of No Crumbs, KQED's first vertical video food series, and is also the editor of KQED Food's new newsletter, The Sauce. Josh has spent over a decade in the food and wine industry, from working as a sommelier in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, to exploring the construction of alcoholic libations in the lab molecule by molecule at Endless West in San Francisco. He has previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Vice News; he has also been featured in SFGate and Thrillist for his wine videos and infographics

Zao Fan: Breakfast of China Breakfast in China is an important affair. At dawn, the streets come alive with vendors setting up for the morning breakfast rush. Each will have their specialty that they make day in, day out, honing their recipe over years, and even generations. Locals are spoiled for choice, with a huge variety of spicy noodles, plump dumplings, and fluffy buns all made fresh to order right on their doorsteps.

Michael Zee, creator of the popular SymmetryBreakfast account, has eaten his way around China, hunting down the very best versions of these morning favorites and recreating them at home so that you can too. In China, these are recipes devised for speed and convenience and so are also perfect for filling lunches, nourishing dinners, and quick and tasty snacks.

Why not try: Dan dan mian, Sichuanese street-style 
noodles with a sesame paste sauce Jian bingsavory filled crepes Xiaolongbaosteamed Shanghainese soup dumplings Youtiao, or sweetened fried dough sticks, delicious dipped in fresh soy milk or covered in soft serve ice cream. With Michael as your knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll be transported to the bustling streets of China, see the mesmeric pulling of noodles and pleating of dumplings, and be fully immersed in one of the most exciting and diverse food cultures in the world.