Helen Chen grew up cooking with her mom, Joyce Chen, the pioneering restaurateur who helped introduce Americans to authentic Chinese cooking in the 1960s. The dishes Helen remembers most fondlyand still cooks todayare her mom's simple, home-style stir-fries. Now she presents more than sixty of these soul-satisfying Chinese favorites, all perfect for easygoing weeknight dinners.
Inside, you'll find many familiar dishesKung Pao Chicken, Moo Shi Pork, and Sweet and Sour Shrimp, to name just a fewand find out just how easy it is to prepare them at home. You'll also discover lots of less familiar dishes that are equally delicious, such as Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Black Pepper Beef with Green Beans, and Shanghainese Shrimp with Peas. In addition, you'll find nearly twenty healthy tofu and vegetable dishes, ranging from Grandmother's Spicy Bean Curd to Garlicky Green Beans.
To help you get started, Helen provides a thorough overview of Chinese cooking techniques, equipment, and ingredients. You'll discover why cornstarch is important, how much oil to use in a wok, and what kinds of soy sauce you should choose. With Helen's clear instructions and straightforward recipes, you'll soon be cooking and enjoying a wide variety of delectable stir-fries.
Throughout the book, more than thirty gorgeous color photographs show just how deliciously appealing these stir-fries can be. Complete with Helen's fascinating notes on each dish, this handsome cookbook is just what you need to explore the simple pleasures of home-style Chinese cooking.
I highly recommended this cookbook and it is a great gift to give to those who are beginers at Asian cooking.
I own Helen Chen's larger cookbook, "Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking" and consider it one of the best Chinese cook books a person could have.
The ingredients are simple, available most any where, and the dishes can take a few minutes to make if you organize yourself.
I have tried 3 recipes so far and 1 turned out good, but the other 2 were not good. My kids would not eat them which is my defining test for recipes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tracy
I knew Helen's mother, Joyce, (a wonderful woman) and took cooking lessons from her. This book was not much, I was disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Sylvia De Rooy
I am a huge fan of the late Joyce Chen, so I knew she would have passed it on to her daughter! Great book if you stir-fry as much as I do!Published 3 months ago by James D. Watson
Have almost worn out this little recipe book already. Have tried just about all the recipes. My favorite is Coral and Jade Shrimp. Dining Car Beef, Sweet and Sour anything. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sugarray
Book was like new, but I bought it used. Speedy delivery. I can look up recipes on line- I do it all the time. What that fails in is explaining chef notes and techniques. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mrs. Ratfire
Easy recipes, readily easy to find ingredients, great diversity of recipies. I highly recommended this cookbook and it is a great gift to give to those who are beginers at Asian... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Delia A. Smith
I think this is a fantastic book for beginners in Chinese cooking methods. I took it with me when I moved to China, as most grocery stores on the mainland only sell Chinese... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Book Worm
I love to cook oriental food. I have several cookbooks and often find new recipes on the internet. I had high hopes for this book. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Sbenemerito