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April 18, 2002

Who Was General Tso And Why Are We Eating His Chicken?

General Tso Tsungtang, or as his name is spelled in modern Pinyin, Zuo Zongtang, was born on Nov. 10, 1812, and died on Sept. 5, 1885. He was a frighteningly gifted military leader during the waning of the Qing dynasty, a figure perhaps the Chinese equivalent of the American Civil War commander William Tecumseh Sherman.

Yet, General Tso's Chicken seems to be a New York invention. (via The Shifted Librarian)

Posted by Andrew Raff at April 18, 2002 05:23 PM