Ming Tsai In Chicago Monday For Signing at Slurping Turtle, Dinner at Takashi

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Hey, remember when cooking shows were actually about cooking? Back in the days when people like Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai had TV shows? Actually, both of them do have TV shows, it just seems like you don't hear about their kind because they're actually about cooking, not boiling contestants in lard while screaming at them or something. Anyway, Ming Tsai not only has TV shows but a new book out, Simply Ming In Your Kitchen, and he'll be in town Monday doing a pair of events at Takashi Yagihashi's restaurants. He'll be at Slurping Turtle from 3 to 5 for a book signing and cocktail reception; $25 gets you drinks and appetizers; the book is $35; reservations are not required. Then Ming and Takashi will collaborate on a six-course tasting menu at Takashi, starting at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is $79, with optional wine pairings for $45; reservations for that event, which are required, can be made at 773-772-6170.