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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2008
This book is great. It's different than I expected (I was looking for general recipes to balance your consitution) and this has a lot of remedies for specific ailments. There are some very interesting (and simple) recipes for treatments, and I really am curious about the earthworm. :D I especially like the recipes for helpful/healthful teas and wines. I love the way the book is layed out, and it is very easy to read and understand.

1. Origins & theory
2. Causes of Illness (talks about the pathogens)
3. Eating for health (has a great survey to find out more about your constitution)
4. Foods and their healing properties
5. Home Remedies
6. Longevity banquets (this is the section that has the more general recipes)
7. exercise for health (qigong)

I recommend this book to anyone looking for recipes and remedies, and the healing properties of foods.

also highly recommended:
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford is a great book, very in depth, on nutrition (blending asian and western), with lots of chinese theory, and the healing properties of food
The Tao of Healhty Eating by Bob Flaws is a small book on TCM and nutrition. It is really easy to understand and a great introduction.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 1999
The Healing Cuisine of China by Zhuo Zhao and George Ellis is an excellent book! It is not a typical health food book. The book not only teaches you how to prepare healthy food; it teaches you how to prepare healthy food that tastes good! Also, there are many tidbits about Chinese culture and medicine in this book. So, you learn as you cook! Truly, this book has something for everyone, whether you are a fitness fanatic or simply one who likes good food.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
Judging by the title, many potential buyers might see this book as simply a set of traditional medicinal recipes and nothing more. On the surface they would be correct but it would be a mistake to pass this one over! Why? Well, surprise of surprises there is a hidden treasure of everyday homestyle Chinese recipes, Chapter 6, Longevity Banquets, which makes it worth the price of the book alone.

Living in a Chinese household, when visiting my mother-in-law in Beijing, I am always in pursuit of "stealing" her simple homestyle recipes to bring back home for our everyday eating. After purchasing this book I discovered that the recipes in Chapter 6 Longevity Banquets are the type of dishes that my mother-in-law would prepare on a daily basis in her home.

Over the past 10 years I have used almost all of these recipes [Chapter 6] and they have served our family well--including cooking for the in-laws during their stay with us many years back.

Some of the recipes I modify by adding more ingredients. For example, in preparing Tofu, Chicken, and Seaweed Soup, Shrimp and Bean Curd Soup, etc. I use chicken broth rather than water. The Tomato Soup recipe is really one of the cleanest and best tasting hot and sour soup recipes around and you can modify it by adding chicken or pork. With Tofu with Mushrooms I add additional types of mushrooms like fresh shitake, oyster and wood ears along with fresh ground chicken. With Cabbage Beef and Onion Beef I add wood ears and dou fu gan [pressed 5 spice tofu]. The Steamed Trout recipe is almost a weekly dish for us and there are other fish you can substitute. Sauteed Celery and Sauteed Asparagus are fast, quick and simple and serve well as a side dish for any meal. There are endless variations on these recipes that you can creatively birth without much risk of losing the simplicity and flavor of the dish.

The Longevity Recipes of this book [which is a relatively small section compared to the entire book - pp. 189 - 243] exemplifies what is commonly meant by "healthy and tasty Chinese food" and are relatively simple and quick to cook. Even some of the milder medicinal recipes like Tofu and Egg White, p.81, Bean-thread Noodles and Cucumber, p. 87, Mung Bean Congee, p. 138, Celery and Vegetable Soup, . 147, Adzuki Bean Congee [add a little brown sugar] p. 170, are worth trying as a meal or second dish.

As a side note, if you are interested in Chinese medical knowledge, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are really an excellent introduction to the field but you don't have to get side-tracked in them--the recipes can simply stand alone.

With the widespread practice of taijiquan and qi gong, Chapter 7 Exercising for Health is well worth reading but keep in mind that these ideas are grounded in a different worldview and many of the readers with a more scientific/Western orientation are likely to dismiss them. Again, don't let this stand in the way of the recipes.

For those of you who have grown tired of the Chinese food found in the local restaurants or even the "gourmet" food of the upscale Chinese restaurants [both US and China] this is the book for you. It is real, honest homestyle Chinese cooking at its best and, given its price, is indeed a real hidden treasure.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2002
This makes an interesting reference book on medicinal recipes. I just don't like the way it is organized. You have to thumb through the whole book to get a feel for what ailments it addresses and I found the list somewhat wanting. Other than that, it makes an interesting compendium of Chinese remedies although I think I'll pass on the fried and ground earthworms!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 1999
One unique feature about Zhuo Zhao and George Ellis's new book--The Healing Cuisine of China--is that it includes real recipes from China, a country people regard food as heaven. Growing up in China, Zhao took for granted how the Chinese in everyday life treat their minor ailments, improve their general health or beautify themselves by choosing to eat specific foods. Living in the west made her realize how little people in this part of the world knew about another beauty of the Chinese cusine--it is supposed to improve one's health. The 300 recipes, a result of years of research in China, backed up by real life anecdotes and scientific analyses, open up a door to the pleasure of eating, and feeling great, not only while eating, but also in the future.
Ray Wang, California
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
This is a Great Book "The Healing Cuisine of China" 300 Recipes for Vibrant Health and Longevity, Way before the Dr. Oz Television Show. This Book explains Theories behind those Traditional Chinese Believes about Health and Diet in combination with Contemporary Western Medical Knowledge. I always Hear People saying to use food as Medicine, so here is the Perfect Example in "The Healing Cuisine of China" If You are Ill you can Heal just about anything with the Proper Nutrition and right Food items. This Book is about the Role of Chinese Cuisine in the Prevention and Cure of Disease. There is a recipe for just about everything: Hair Loss and Premature Graying, Headache, Gastritis, Coughs, Common Cold, Burns and Scalds, Athlete's Foot, Asthma, Arthritis, Anemia, Acne, Abdominal Pains, Constipation, Corns, Indigestion, Insomnia, Menopause, Obesity ...and so many others. The Book is divided in 7 Chapters:

(1) The Origins and Theory of Chinese Medical Knowledge
(2) The Causes of Illness in Chinese Medical Theory
(3) Eating for Health
(4) Foods and Their Healing Properties
(5) Chinese Home Remedies for Common Health Conditions
(6) Longevity Banquets
(7) Exercising for Health, with some Black and White Pictures

"The Healing Cuisine of China" has other information Sections "Daily Requirements of Protein, Minerals and Vitamins for the Healthy Adult" The Recipes are well written and easy to understand, I have tried many of them, each one has a Description of what it does and what its Good for, I like "Spicy Eggplant, This Dish stimulates the Stomach and the Spleen as well as the Functions of Digestion and thus improves the Appetite" I also like "Basil Chicken, This Dish reinforces the Functions of the Liver and the Kidneys..." I made it many times and its very Good, also "Yin Yang Duck" another tasty Dish, although I substituted Duck for Chicken. There are many Vegetarian Recipes and even how to make Wine, Chinese Style from Cherry, Ginger, Rose Petals, Walnut, Almond, Dandelion and many others. "The Healing Cuisine of China" is an excellent Guide to Help with many Health Problems and I am Glad I Found It! ...Thank You D.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
Excellent resource to help beginners understand yin and yang in the beginning of the book. Fairly clear and concise on the topic of TCM. While Henry Lu's "Chinese Natural Cures" is the compendium for categorizing foods for TCM, this particular book was able to produce actual recipes and meals with the foods to help with ailments. The index is not accurate but the contents within the book compare accurately with other TCM books like Henry Lu's. I agree with the other critic that it is not organized well despite the ailments being in alpha order. A simple exhaustive table of contents to organize the information better would fix the problem but there's plenty of white space to write notes along the edge. Beside the organization - it's definitely a buy for those who are wanting to practice TCM at home. This book with Henry Lu's book make a good TCM home library. (TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine)
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on April 15, 2015
This book was a fascinating read on the basics of the Chinese diet used as medicine. It gave a thorough description of the concepts of qi, yin, yang and the five elements. The recipes provided are for specific ailments, but also some simply for daily meals. The recipes are pretty basic, but look delicious.
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on December 29, 2014
Not light reading. Foods that heal
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