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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Original edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811859304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811859301
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher specializing in the cuisines of Southeast Asia. She lives in North Carolina.

Maren Caruso is a photographer based in San Francisco.

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Nancie McDermott is a North Carolina native, born in Burlington, raised in High Point, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand gave her a lifelong love for the cuisines, history and cultures of Asia, and she has spent the last twenty years cooking, reading, traveling, writing, and teaching about Asian food. Her ten cookbooks focus on Asian kitchens, but since moving back home to North Carolina in 1999, she has taken time to look at the foods of the American South, the place she fell in love with cooking in her grandmother's dairy farm kitchen. Now living with her family in Chapel Hill, NC, she writes, researches, and teaches about both her beats, while serving as a contributing editor for Edible Piedmont magazine. Visit her blog at: nanciemcdermott.wordpress.com, to keep track of it pie by pie.

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The recipes are delicious and easy to follow.
A. Barnett
My sister in-law had wanted to learn to cook chinese food and we have both enjoyed making the recipes in this cookbook.
Helene Quinn
The cover recipe is delicious... Kung Pao Chicken.
Mildred T. Broselow

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mildred T. Broselow on December 30, 2008
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This is the book on Chinese cooking that I have been looking for. All the dishes you love to eat in the restrauants, and for take out. Wonderful for those of us with no take out worthy of eating. Easy and flavorfull. The cover recipe is delicious... Kung Pao Chicken. Mongolian Beef is divine, but you need to double or triple the sauce. Lemmon Chicken is easy and fantastic as is the Shrimp with Zucchini and Sweet Red Peppers. They are all here..Orange beef, Pepper Steak, Chicken with Cashews, Moo Goo gai Pan, Pot stickers, Mu Shu Pork, and all are tasty and easy to make in an American kitchen. No pretenses to be authentic. Just extremely good American Chinese.... Like P.F.Chang's... I can't reccomend it highly enough.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
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This cookbook is for those who love Chinese food made the American way. There are 70+ recipes and it is all your favorites. This would make a great wedding present combined with a wok.

I made the soy sauce chicken wings on page 27 and they were fabulous. I needed to increase the sauce because the suggested amount was not nearly enough. I also had the hot and sour soup. It was still a good soup, just different then I've had before.

It had the Kung Pao, Szechuan, 5 spice, etc...all the typical American favorites. The picture on the cover is the Kung Pao Chicken, it's not a very appetizing picture but the dish itself was very good. There are pictures of some of the dishes, the pages are thick and glossy, you'd be able to wipe off spills easy enough.

The chapters are divided into beef, pork, chicken, fish and then vegetables and rice chapters. The fried rice with shrimp and peas was very good.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Net Admin / Home Chef VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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After making several recipes from this cookbook, I am very happy that I purchased it. My first try was sweet and sour pork and we really enjoyed it. That was followed by orange beef which was also a big hit. Some might complain that these recipes are not completely authentic. For example, neither the sweet and sour pork nor the lemon chicken are breaded and deep fried. Instead they are sauted in the wok, but I found the result delicious. I think the goal is to make preparation simpler and the result healthier and I prefer them this way so it really isn't a negative for me.

Though there are only 70 recipes, they include good suggestions for beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish, and vegetable side dishes. The recipes are illustrated with beautiful color photograpy and most of the ingredients can be found in a good chain grocery store with an international aisle. A few things, for example Asian vegetables such as bok choy, will be found more easily or more cheaply at an Asian grocery if you have one nearby. If you don't, substitute napa cabbage for bok choy and young string beans for long beans and the result will still be very tasty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Tuttle on June 18, 2009
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I LOVE this cookbook. It meets all my qualifications for a good cookbook -- simple to follow, desirable recipes, great results, beautiful photography. The ingredients were easy to find and the food turned out exactly as I hoped without a lot of effort. The author didn't just make it possible for me to follow her directions, she taught me basic principles of how Chinese food is generally made that I can apply across my cooking. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carl M. Rakes on October 22, 2009
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I had tremendous success with the author's Thai cookbook and hoped for the same with this one. My youngest daughter loves Chinese food, and ever since moving out to the country we have been hard pressed to find a Chinese restaurant, let alone a good one. So I went on Amazon and figured I'd bring McDermott to the rescue.

I tried the chicken cashew. While the Thai cookbook version was adored by our family, the Chinese version was greated with "meh...". And my youngest daughter asked if we could eat out next time - Ouch!!! So then I tried Kung Pao Chicken. Again, I followed the recipe to the letter. First comment from my son - "tastes funny." My youngest daughter simply stared at me. Was it the sesame oil? I dunno. So I then decided to try the Moo Shu Pork (sp?). I spent over two hours shredding raw pork, mincing fresh garlic and ginger, shredding carrots and cabbage, and making the various sauce mixes. This was truly the most labor intensive meal I had ever cooked. The results again were "meh..."

Its a shame since the Thai book is truely fantastic. So far, this Chinese food however tastes BLAND, with a capital B L A N D. One reader compared the cooking results to the cuisine of a national chain. I found that chain to be too sweet. Even so, I wish the meal's I prepared had even come close.

Oh well. The author had lived in Thailand and had cooked Thai for some time. No such similar stories in this cookbook. And the cooking results show the difference. Maybe I'm a bad cook. But 3 strikes? I'm really just not that bad. The author needs a strong next book, or the brand of Quick and Easy will be diluted....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Barnett on February 28, 2009
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I have this book, as well as the Vietnamese & Thai versions and I love them all! The recipes are delicious and easy to follow. I've recommended all 3 books to many people and will continue to do so :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By victoria escamilla on April 15, 2013
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I was recently in Chicago. Ate at "Big Bowl" and had Peanut Noodles. (YUM) Wanted to take some Chinese cooking home with me. We went to Crate and Barrel. Saw this book with good looking recipes, like peanut noodles, but alas, it was $29.95. Got a deal on Amazon and used this cook book a lot. Good array of recipes, and they are home friendly1 ;)
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