THE LONG-AWAITED DUCK DUCK GOAT opened a few weeks ago in Chicago’s Fulton Market area. The food there has many inspirations, from the Chinese-American food chef Stephanie Izard ate growing up, to the food of Chicago’s Chinatown and other Chinatowns in America. But it also came from a trip that she took to China at the beginning of 2015 with her husband Gary Valentine and five others—including myself, as official photographer.

We spent two weeks in Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai (as well as other stops in between) eating, shopping, sightseeing, and eating some more. A lot of eating. And a lot of pictures, which you’re about to see for the first time anywhere. Here’s the story of Stephanie’s search for the flavors which would help make Duck Duck Goat a reality. Be sure to click the little arrow in the upper right corner to see the photos as big as you can, and get ready to get really hungry. We were.


Gallery: Traveling in China with Stephanie Izard


Huge Galdones is a food & lifestyle photographer, and is currently working on Stephanie Izard’s second cookbook.

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  1. Courtney says:

    Such a great article! I love all the food photos from your trip to China! If you’re interested in some culinary and wine tours all over the world, this is an excellent place to begin!