The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing

The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen with its recipes culled from a lifetime of family meals and culinary instruction is much than a cookbook It is a daughter s tribute a collection of personal mem

  • Title: The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing
  • Author: Grace Young AlanRichardson
  • ISBN: 9780684847399
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, with its 150 recipes culled from a lifetime of family meals and culinary instruction, is much than a cookbook It is a daughter s tribute a collection of personal memories of the philosophy and superstitions behind culinary traditions that have been passed down through her Cantonese family, in which each ingredient has its own sinThe Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, with its 150 recipes culled from a lifetime of family meals and culinary instruction, is much than a cookbook It is a daughter s tribute a collection of personal memories of the philosophy and superstitions behind culinary traditions that have been passed down through her Cantonese family, in which each ingredient has its own singular importance, the preparation of a meal is part of the joy of life, and the proper creation of a dish can have a favorable influence on health and good fortune Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life enhancing and spiritually calming meals In addition, personal family photographs illustrate these stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution, when Young s family lived in Canton, Shanghai, and Hong Kong The first part, Mastering the Fundamentals, provides instruction on the arts of steaming and stir frying the preparation of rice, panfried, and braised dishes the proper selection of produce and the fine arts of chopping and slicing Part Two, The Art of Celebration, concentrates on the elaborate, complex, and meaningful dishes such as Shark s Fin Soup and West Lake Duck that are usually made with rare ingredients, and sweets such as Water Chestnut Cake and Sesame Balls The final part, Achieving Yin Yang Harmony, explores the many Chinese beliefs about the healing properties of ginseng, gingko nuts, soybeans, dong quai, and the many vegetable and fruit soup preparations that balance and nourish the body The stories and recipes combine to demonstrate the range of Cantonese cooking, from rich flavors and honored combinations to an overall appreciation of health, well being, and prosperity.In addition to the recipes, Young provides a complete glossary of dried herbs, spices, and fresh produce, accompanied by identifying photos and tips on where to purchase them Unique traditional dishes, such as Savory Rice Tamales and Shrimp Dumplings, are also illustrated step by step, making the book easy to use The central full color photo section captures details of New Year s dishes and the Chinese home decorated in celebration, reminding one that these time honored traditions live on, and the meals and their creation are connections to the past.

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    1. I picked this up in a used book shop because I recently bought a wok and wanted some recipes to prepare in it. Boy-oh-boy was I in for a wonderful surprise. This is so much more than a cookbook - the recipes are wonderful, especially the Lemon Chicken, which has only a few ingredients and is incredibly easy to prepare, but develops into the most intensely flavorful dish I've ever eaten or prepared in about 15 minutes total time! Virtually all of the food featured is Cantonese - which is somewhat [...]

    2. This is the first cookbook I've found that contains recipes that accurately duplicate the Cantonese dishes that I grew up enjoying. It even contains fuller explanations of many of the cooking/eating/food theories that I grew up hearing from my parents! (My paternal grandfather was an herbalist and many of the theories behind herbal health also apply to cooking.)

    3. This is a beautiful book that is quite difficult to categorise and define. It is not just a cook book, it is not just a guide to Chinese cuisine, it is not just a book about cultureYet when examined together it is just a perfect fit. It is not something you really want to dip in and out of, at least on first reading, as you will gain much more benefit by reading it end to end and then, as required, dip back in again.In essence this is a compilation of a close family's experiences about food, a c [...]

    4. I liked to read the sections in between the recipes, when the author discusses the philosophy of Chinese cooking (for instance, buying produce is equivalent of a treasure hunt in which you search for the best of the best, and never something you'd delegate to vons or someone else), and the technique (for stir fry, heat the pot but not the oil). Unfortunately, I doubt I'd ever use most of the recipes themselves(even though there is lots of nice details about how to cook), because many of them con [...]

    5. I greatly enjoy her writing style. This is the type of cookbook that reads like a novel or a memoir; the stories are excellent. I'm not sure how many of these recipes I'd be able to make, given that she frowns on substitutions, and we don't have a huge Asian population here in central Ohio, but I will gamely try!

    6. Excellent to use when learning to cook authentic Chinese foods. I made the steamed eggs and it turned out beautifully.

    7. Purchased for the illuminating chapter on medicinal tonic soups. Could be a five-star if I ever get around to cooking from it

    8. This book actually has tons of recipes my parents would make when i was a kid, and they taste just like how i remember them. Good range of peasant food and celebration food, including dumplings!

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