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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.
About the Author
HELEN CHEN is the founder of Helen's Asian Kitchen (helensasiankitchen.com), a widely distributed Asian cookware line, and the author of Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking. Her mother, Joyce Chen, was a pioneering Chinese restaurateur and entrepreneur, and Helen served as the CEO of her mother's company before launching her own business.