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The Sunday Telegraph, 15th June "Kwong writes with a chatty, easy style, and her enthusiasm for Chinese food bounces off the pages! the book is packed with excellent recipes and beautiful photographs of market stalls and mountain kitchens." Sainsbury's Magazine, August 08 "Beautifully packaged, with a red and gold cover and printed on lovely matt paper, this is an addictive, utterly absorbing feast of treats - definitely not to be missed." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kylie Kwong was born in Sydney to a fourth-generation Australian-Chinese family. She learned the fundamentals of Cantonese cooking at her mother's side, and then went on to hone her skills with several of Australia's most respected chefs. After working at some of Sydney's finest restaurants—Rockpool, Wockpool and Restaurant Manfredi—Kylie realised her dream of pouring her heart and soul into her own restaurant, billy kwong, in Sydney's Surry Hills.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Studio (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670018791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018796
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andy Knapp on January 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having lived in southern China for nearly 3 years, our family had nearly given up on finding authentic Chinese cuisine here in upstate NY. Thankfully, there is this wonderful book. Our daughter made us a holiday feast (including dumplings, yum!) from a few familiar recipes found here and we were almost back in Xiamen! Outstanding photos, stories, and great recipes. If you've ever lived in China, this is for you. If you've ever wanted to visit or live in China, this is for you, too! Try some of these meals and you will understand what real Chinese food is about.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sally Bodman on January 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have all of Kylie Kwong's books and they are all great but this is her best so far. The stories add to the book but the real stars are the recipes. I've only tried a few so far, but there are so many already on my do list. There is a fabulous rare beef with Ginger sauce which got rave reviews from the family. Last night we tried the Hot and Smoky chicken with Ginger and Chilli - YUM. We do have an industrial strength wok burner which probably helped with the smokiness, but it was very good on all levels. I am a bit of a cookbook collector (500 or thereabouts)and I have a shortlist of books I think are really excellent. This one has already made it to that list - I knew from the moment I opened it!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on March 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kylie Kwong was born into one of Australia's oldest Chinese families. She is a 29th generation Kwong, and a 4th generation Australian-Chinese. Kylie is known to many Australians through her wonderful television series, as the proprietor of the Billy Kwong restaurant in Sydney and through her magnificent books.

`My China' is the fourth of Kylie's books, and invites the reader to travel with her as she rediscovers her Chinese heritage and explores the history, culture and cuisine of China and Tibet. This book contains magnificent photographs of places, people and food. The book is also a travelogue containing recipes specific to particular regions. There is a map, as well, so the reader can see where these places are.

The recipes themselves are easy to follow, clearly explained and are accompanied by delicious photographs. Ms Kwong provides serving numbers based of shared meals (ie a recipe will serve 4 to 6 as part of a shared meal) thus enabling someone to plan how many dishes they might wish to prepare based on the number of guests and type of gathering. I particularly like her section on ingredients, and found the paragraph on the relative uses of different soy sauces especially helpful.

In summary, `My China' is a delightful addition to the home library for anyone who enjoys Chinese cuisine. Those interested in Chinese culture and history will also enjoy this book. The photographs are simply stunning.

Highly recommended.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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I loved this book from Australia! My Taiwanese American girl friend from college gave it to me for my birthday. This is the only book from Australia I own. I have family in Sydney and Melbourne but have never visited.

The author, Kylie Kwong, writes about her travels to her family's ancestral home in China and her culinary and other cultural experiences in the country. This book is both travelogue and cookbook, though recipes are rather sparse compared to itinerary narrative. Her travels throughout China took her from the rural simplicity of her ancestral village in China’s southwest to the wilds of the Tibetan plateau and the stylish modernity of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Kwong's book provides insightful and poignant observations and reflection on food, culture, family, and life itself. For me, it is refreshing as it is told from the perspective of a Chinese Australian from Sydney. The author discusses her father's declining health from cancer and what his imminent death teaches her about family and the meaning of life.

Kwong found her visit to a traditional Shanghai-style tea house most moving, with its polished rosewood tables, complete with matching stools that fitted neatly under the tables like a jigsaw puzzle, resembling a exquisite lacquered box.

Kwong believes that our food choices should be ethical, sustainable and supportive of both the natural and human environment. "My China" (Lantern | Penguin, 2007) was named Best Chinese Cuisine Book in the World at the 2008 Gourmand Cookbook Awards and was also the Australian winner of the Best Culinary Travel Guide category. Kwong has authored a few other books featuring Chinese cuisine as well as the people responsible for provision of food in Australia: growers, farmers, fishermen, artisans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The feel of this book is what really pulls you in, the common quest for our ancestral roots, the need to know who our ancestors were and what they were like, so that we can ultimately know ourselves better. Kylie incorporates childhood memories of her family with her modern-day quest to finally visit the ancestral village of her grandfather and pay homage to him while rediscovering her heritage. A very touching and insightful look into Chinese culture which also contains some very authentic and (thank goodness) simple dishes so that you feel as though you were traveling through the Chinese countryside with her. The recipes are for the most part simple and tasty, and do not require an in-depth knowledge of Chinese cooking to be successfully completed. Definitely a must for anyone who is looking for authentic, Chinese home-cooking.
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