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Every dish tells a story, whether it’s barbecue or balut. Just like putting labels on people, the judgments we make about a particular type of food or who makes it says more about ourselves than anything else. Food has always been used to bring people together and forge relationships among different cultures.

Natalie's first book, Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea,  is a personal collection of Natalie's favorite dishes, sauces and drinks that, she hopes, home cooks will enjoy trying, tweaking, sharing, and making their own for generations to come. Many of the recipes are lovingly sprinkled with entertaining, cross-cultural "Buddha-to-Bubba" tales of the Deep South through the prism of Asian and Southern family and food traditions.

Praise for Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea

“Natalie’s poignant tales of the Deep South and her affinity for finding ‘intersections’ offer a delightful, unprecedented take on the importance of changing mindsets in the boardroom and at the kitchen table. Imbued with the classic American enigma of tra- dition versus innovation, these homegrown recipes are yet another example of how the pluralistic role of steward and changemaker often falls on—and is accomplished by—women.”

—Gail Evans, executive VP, CNN (ret.)

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