Each chapter opens with an essay intertwining biographical stories with information about Chinese food and healing. The blending of culinary information and cultural observations is powerfully realized, perhaps because Young shows old-fashioned respect along with a contemporary perspective. The result is both affectionate and enthralling. You can vividly picture the meticulous choreography as her parents make dinner in their tiny kitchen, reaching over steaming pots and rushing the steaming food to the table.
Young delves into the hows and whys of Cantonese home cooking, with particular attention to technique and ingredients: Chinese broccoli with flowers should be avoided because the bright yellow blossoms indicate the stalks are too old. Steaming is valued because it draws out the intense flavors near the bone in chicken, fish, and meat, leaving them tender and moist.
Many dishes are elementally simple. Hot-and-Sour Soup is fired solely by aromatic white pepper. White Chicken is perfumed just with ginger and garlic. Some choices are quick and easy, as in stir-fried Bean Sprouts, while others require long and elaborate preparation, like savory Rice Tamales stuffed with pork, Chinese sausage, and duck egg yolks and wrapped in bamboo leaves. Anyone who enjoys eating Chinese food or has experienced the generational differences in immigrant families will get lost in The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen. --Dana Jacobi
Interesting reading, useful incite. Have not tried any receipt yet.Published 5 days ago by L.K. Yamada
Good story's about family members and their recipes!
Grace Young writes from the heart!
There are also some great recipes in this book!
I grew up eating many of the food in this book. These receipts include a good deal of background and is well used in my household, including my teen girls who often craves their... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BetteC
But o my, very good recipes! Following the stories about her family, Mrs. Young brings forward a lot of interesting facts about Chinese ccoking. A fun read and a great cookbook!Published 6 months ago by William A. Llano
I love this book. The recipes are great, and really remind me of all the dishes I had when i was a kid. Now i can try my hands on all the recipes at home!!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Teresa
This cookbook is pretty good, but seems to be focused on mostly recipes from American Chinese restaurants. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Big Moose
Made two recipes that were delish! Also made the pork dumpling which didn't turn out great. The water chestnut to pork ratio seemed to be too high. Still a good book though!Published 9 months ago by Subscriba
If you're looking for the real deal Chinese household comfort foods, look no further - this book is legit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katherine Chan