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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Studio (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670038482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670038480
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A companion to her second Australian television series, this appetizing and beautifully illustrated collection will earn Kwong a large American following. Seeking to demystify Chinese cooking for the uninitiated, she allocates ample space to the basics: equipment, ingredients and techniques along with recipes for tasty yet simple dishes. The well-known Sweet and Sour Pork is balanced by the less familiar Sung Choi Bao of Pork, providing treasures for both those learning about the cuisine and those who are looking for more diversity. Kwong offers a comprehensive look at all aspects of Chinese offerings—from stocks, soups and rice to meats, poultry and tofu. Soy Sauce Chicken is not to be missed, and neither is Crispy King Prawns with Honey and Garlic Sauce. Sections on Salads, Wontons and Pickles are an added bonus, highlighting such gems as Pickled Asparagus and Mint Salad and Button Mushroom Salad. Kwong also provides tips on menu planning, saving time, food for kids and what to drink with Chinese food. Highly recommended for all fans of Chinese food, this collection is a welcome addition to a crowded field. 150 full-color photos. (Feb.)
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This is an incredible book and it will change the way you cook forever. Kylie is an absolute inspiration! (Jamie Oliver)

A Martha in the making . . . Down Under’s homemaking heartthrob. (Time magazine)


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I highly recommend this cook book.
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Anyway, I bought this book as a gift for a girlfriend but before I could give it to her she went out and bought the very same copy at the local book megastore.
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I was amazed how beautiful this book is, the pictures are breathtaking and the recipes are so easy.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. Cho on June 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Aptly titled, Simple Chinese Cooking is indeed filled with very simple recipes.

So far, every single dish I have tried have been a hit with my non-Chinese in-laws. I myself am Chinese and have grown up eating home-cooked Chinese food... I must say that most of the recipes are pretty authentic.

Like someone else who'd posted a review before me, I'd made minor adjustments to the recipes, such as cutting out the peanut oil and reducing the amount of other oils.

The ingredients are all very easy to find, which is good because I no longer live close to large Asian supermarkets.

The photos are all very beautiful and colourful.

My only "complaint" is that many of the sauces and ingredients are recycled throughout the book, but it's not a major drawback as it shows how versatile some key ingredients are.

Overall, a great book to boost one's confidence in cooking home-style Chinese food.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ivan W. Ong on July 6, 2007
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I found this book to be very well written indeed. As a Chinese I am pretty fussy about Chinese food and I find myself very happy with Kylie's recipes and approach. The stress on fresh ingredients and fresh preparation is the cornerstone to great tasting Asian food, and Kylie imposes that discipline throughout the book. You might want to experiment with sauce proportions- some might want to tweak degree of saltiness and taste. Remember, Chinese food ingredients do not scale up or down linearly, so you need to experiment when scaling up or down a meal. For American readers, you will notice differences in naming cuts of meats and some ingredients- not a big deal, just look it up on the internet. On the whole, a great book and it will continually be a useful reference for me.

Jan 16 2009 Update: Still using it and loving it! We've tried many recipes and have our favorites.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Shepard on February 23, 2007
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The three recipes I have made so far have been great hits. Have had to make some minor adjustments ( such as not using heated peanut oil over a finished dish) because of dietary concerns but these adjustments have not made a major change in the over all "deliciousness" of what I have tried.

I have an extensive collection of Chinese cookbooks and this one looks as if it will become a favorite...easy to follow recipes and easy to find ingredients.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gh2000 on November 30, 2010
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First, let me tell you about me so that you can understand my perspectives on this book. I'm an international student from Asia. I have had many amazing home-made, authentic Chinese dishes and I have been around the kitchen helping my mom. I have some experiences in the kitchen. I do turn to my mom when asking for a recipe, but sometimes the instructions of these skilled and experienced cooks are quite vague. They don't do cups measurement. They cook and adjust the taste accordingly (yet these dishes always turn out perfect and amazing). I , therefore, also have that style of cooking and adjusting the taste accordingly, so it is quite a new thing for me to use a book in which measurements are in cups, precisely. However, being in the US, not all the ingredients are available, and sometimes it's hard to find substitutes. I bought this book because, being a college student, I truly don't have much time and money to spend on expensive and complicated dishes for everyday meals (occasionally or on weekend, yes, I can spend hours in the kitchen, but weekdays? No thanks), and I don't have close access to Asian oriental stores (the nearest one is 1 hour away from where I live).
With that, to me this is truly a book full of simple Chinese dishes with adaption to Western taste and ingredients. Having said that, that doesn't mean all dishes are adapted nor all ingredients can be found in your normal, everyday grocery stores. It helps if you live near an Asian market or oriental stores. But Kylie has made it easier by listing all the "special" ingredients right in the beginning of the book. You will need just one trip to the store to get all those authentic ingredients you need (other "normal" ingredients you can get at your grocery store).
The layout of the book is also very helpful.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dizziey on March 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kylie Kwong's "Simple Chinese Cooking" is a must have for those who are interested in Chinese cuisine. As suggested by the title of her cookbook, the recipes are simple and easy to understand. Sometimes, Asian cooking can be quite complicated with incredients that are hard to get or they're just so tedious that it would take an entire afternoon to get the dish ready. Kylie's on the other hand, chooses dishes that simple to make, yet delicious. The photography in this cookbook is exceptional and captivating. It really brought to life Kylie's dishes. I think "Simple Chinese Cooking" is definitely a long-term investment for those who want to learn about authentic Chinese cuisines. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What more could an aspiring cook of Chinese food desire? This is a beautiful book, complete with glorious photographs, easy to follow recipes and includes a menu planner.

Variety is the essence of Chinese cuisine. Fortunately variety need not mean complexity. Every recipe we've cooked from this book has been a success, and the tips and presentation are superb.

All of Ms Kwong's books are superb, but if you have to choose just one, then this would be my choice.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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