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Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  27 reviews
In this picture book biography, get to know Chef Joyce Chen who is famous for popularizing Chinese food in the northeastern United States.

How far can an apron,
a bowl, or a book
take one small Chinese girl
with a passion to cook?

From peach blossom Beijing,
to crisp Cambridge snow,
how far will her dumpling dreams
help Joyce Chen go?

Carrie Clickard tells the story of how J
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our kid asks to read this at least twice before bedtime. And today in the frozen food aisle, he demanded that we get dumplings and egg rolls because of this book.

It's a history that I didn't know anything about, and a humbling reminder of how much China went through over the past 100 years. That said, it's mostly a story about hard work, perseverance, and adaptation - and not done in a rah-rah way for the woman at it's center. You get a sense of her humble integrity and hard work just in the nar
YingYu  Chen
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just read this story to a whole class of 1st graders, and they LOVED it!

Not only is the book about food, but also how a mother did her favorite things and succeeded.

The books are also very much about the whereabouts of Cambridge, MA, a place near by and the children can easily connect with.

Stephanie Tournas
I like how this picture book biography tracks Chen's love of food and her efforts to duplicate favorite recipes to please those she loved. Eventually, she perfects a recipe for her beloved dumplings, which she brings to the U.S. and renames Peking Ravioli. The rhyming text in a simple, spare style presents her life in food and her personal life, including her flight from China, making this book a good selection for new readers. Back matter includes a timeline, a glossary of Chinese food terms, a ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rhyming verse tell the real-life story of Joyce Chen. The back matter is complete with a timeline, glossary, and of course, the recipe for her famous dumplings!
Complete with recipes, timeline, and chinese word glossary- the true story of chef and author Joyce Chen.
Ann Santori
Lovely rhyming bio of Joyce Chen. Beautiful illustrations and good source notes.
Meg McGregor
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I always love it when I learn new things from "children's books!"

This story, is the biography of Joyce Chen, who brought the dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge.

Here, are five facts about her, that I found fascinating!

A. In order to entice people to eat her dumplings, she changed their name to Ravioli-Peking Style!

B. She taught Chinese cooking classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

C. She had her own TV show, on PBS, called Joyce Chen Cooks.

D. Time Magazine profiled Joyce Chen, calling
Becky B
A rhyming picture book biography of Chinese chef Joyce Chen who eventually opened several popular restaurants in the States and had her own cooking show.

It is quite amazing how much the author was able to convey about Joyce through just short phrases in rhyme. It's an impressive feat of summarizing. The illustrations match the tone and subject quite well. There's a timeline in the back that provides a few more details about Joyce Chen. We got this in our library just in time for the lead up to C
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the yummy story of how Joyce Chen brought one of my favorite foods to America!

Carrie Clickard writes this non-fiction picture book called Dumpling Dreams- How Joyce Chen Brought The Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge. It is the story of Joyce’s life from childhood through her successful career in having her own restaurant, cookbook and tv show. Katy’s pictures are fun and colorful. The story is told in rhyme and isn’t a lot of text on each page. I think children of all ages can enjoy an
This rhyming picture book biography had my mouth watering as I read about how Joyce Chen introduced some of the most delicious food from her homeland to friends and neighbors in her new hometown. Joyce Chen grew up in China, but war forced her family to come to America to live. In Cambridge, her food was so popular that she opened a restaurant and starred in her own cooking show on TV. There is a timeline and a list of resources at the back of the book for further research. This would be a great ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This lovely biography tells the story of Joyce Chen with cheerful rhymes. The story moves a bit fast so younger students will need a bit of clarification as Jia (who adopts the name Joyce) becomes an adult. Joyce learns to cook as a child in China. When she moves to the United States, other parents are delighted with her egg rolls and encourage her to open a restaurant. From there, she teaches others to cook, writes a cookbook, and hosts a cooking show. An inspirational story that shows how hard ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The whole family loves this book. The pictures are delicious! I like how the story talks about not giving up even when you are out of you comfort zone. I also really like children's books that have diversity. This book touches on that. People trying new food....and loving it. Also comes with a yummy recipe! ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel awful that I have literally never heard of Joyce Chen before today. So I'm really glad this book came across my desk!

It's told in simple rhymes, with brightly colored illustrations - and OH BOY am I hungry now!
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Clever title - good example for young writers!
I wonder why the illustrations are inconsistent in showing that the people are Chinese - on at least one page, her husband does not look at all that he is Chinese.
Viviane Elbee
This is a very interesting non-fiction biography about Joyce Chen, a famous TV chef and restaurant owner.

The illustrations are colorful and fun.

It’s a fairly quick, rhyming read if you don’t read the backmatter. The backmatter is interesting for older children.

Kids enjoyed this book.
Steven Copp
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's on our new book shelf in my library and it caught my eye since I'm a huge dumpling fan. It just seems that every new book is written in rhyme. Can we change it up a little? Otherwise, definitely liked this a lot! ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A little breathless, but a fun read with engaging illustrations
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
well done, simple text- origin story of dumplings! good for inventions/ multicultural
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I had no idea about her! Love this book!
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute story the whole family enjoyed. While the rhyming text was a bit much at times, the illustrations and subject were interesting and sure to make a reader hungry.
Krissy Neddo
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
One less star for me. Not a fan of rhyming text.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I LOVE dumplings, but I had never even heard of Joyce Chen. Discovering this book on the shelf at my local independent bookstore was a delicious treat!
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story of how Joyce Chen escaped civil war in her native China, fled to the United States, and created a cooking empire...all for children to understand.
Madeline Schremmer
Review: This book is based on the life of Joyce Chen, who moved to Cambridge from Beijing, China in order to get away from the Chinese Civil War. She grew up loving dumplings and learning how to cook them for holidays and special events. She got married and had children and moved to America as an adult when the war started. She often made dumplings when she felt homesick or sad, because they were comforting to her. Eventually, people around her started to fall in love with them and word spread. ...more
Ben Truong
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge is a children's picture book written by Carrie Clickard and illustrated by Katy Wu. It chronicles the story of how a young Joyce Chen brought her culture in food to the United States and popularized in the small town that she immigrated to.

May, at least in my part of the world is Asian Heritage Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month.
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