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China: The Cookbook Hardcover – September 19, 2016
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"China The Cookbook is a magnificent insight into the history of Chinese cuisine. I will treasure it in my collection and it will be no doubt be used as valuable reference for many years to come." —Ken Hom OBE, Chef, author and tv presenter
"Don?t miss Phaidon?s classic China: The Cookbook by Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan. Beautifully designed and sumptuously photographed, it includes hundreds of regional recipes, as well as sections on techniques, history and equipment." —Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday
"[A] hefty and vital resource... This is a book dedicated to practicality... The majority of the book's recipes are succinct and easy to shop for... Indispensable." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review *
"A serious approach to this complex cuisine in a gorgeously collectible book." —Harper's Bazaar
"Sweet and sour pork from the local Chinese restaurant still Mum's secret shame? Up her home-cooking game, and let your stomach reap the rewards." —Elle
"It's hard to imagine the amount of work that must go into distilling the food of a country as wide and diverse as China into a single cookbook. It seems an impossible task, really, and yet Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan have pulled it off with aplomb... a comprehensive resource for any lover of Chinese cuisine." —Departures
"If Guinness World Records 2017 were to have a section on the largest number of recipes collected, written and tested in a year, married writing partners Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan might step up for the prize... As well as being a definitive reference book, China: The Cookbook is intended as a manual for the home cook." —Newsweek online
"A husband and wife team have written the definitive Chinese cookbook, with recipes from all of the country's major cuisines, as well as lesser known dishes from Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia." —South China Morning Post (China)
"Discover the breadth of China's cuisine... Suitable for novices as well experts." —The Sunday Times, The Dish
"Curiosity about Chinese food continues to grow... If you haven't a clue where to begin, here is your starting point. The design - clean-, spare - makes the content approachable... There are classic recipes - sweet and sour ribs, for example - and lesser known ones too, such as the irresistible Jiangsu's drunken chicken." —The Daily Telegraph, Weekend
"The secrets of Chinese cooking have been demystified by Diora Fong Chan and Kei Lum Chan." —Prestige
"One of the most comprehensive tomes yet on Chinese food... An extraordinary endeavor." —Legend
"The definitive Chinese recipe book." —South China Morning Post
About the Author
With an extensive knowledge of all eight major regional Chinese cuisines, Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan are bestselling authors, regarded as top culinary authorities within China. Kei Lum Chan is the son of Mr. Mong Yan Chan, a Chinese journalist and critic, who authored Food Classics, a series that has had a huge influence on Chinese culinary culture.
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Now to address some of the unfair critical reviews here...
Someone gave 2 stars and said "nothing exciting if you already have basic Chinese cookbooks." Pffffft. How many other comprehensive Chinese cookbooks are out there with over 650 recipes that highlight 30+ regions, providing details about the ingredients and techniques to cook these dishes? You could literally spend thousands of dollars acquiring the cookbooks needed to cover what this gem contains.
And then there are two 3 star reviews that just say "good" or "okay for home cooking." I have no idea what those reviewers are looking for, but this is like the bible of Chinese cooking. It's not just okay - It's AMAZING! And regarding "okay" for home cooking... All I have to say is DUH! Clearly the author didn't intend this book to be used by anyone other than a home cook; because let's be honest, does a professional Chinese cook need to be schooled on techniques and ingredients? I don't think so.
So in closing, if you are looking for the one book to be your everything of Chinese cuisine, this is it. You will find a wide variety of tasty recipes that are mostly easy, but some will require more effort. As mentioned earlier, you'll also learn more about ingredients and technique, and at the end of the day you'll probably develop a greater respect of Chinese cuisine based on the diversity of the dishes between regions. And to top it all off, you will get a workout handling this book because it's big and heavy -- It's quality!
The recipes, and there are over 600 of them, cover the full range of topics, appetizers and salads, soups, fish and seafood. poultry, meat, vegetables, tofu and eggs, rice and noodles, and desserts. The book also has a very small section of recipes from famous Chinese chefs from around the globe. It closes with a good glossary and index. I believe that even a novice cook can do well with most of the recipes. A more experienced cook will have no issues following them and improvising with them.
I have already tried three of the recipes and they did not disappoint. What I really liked about the recipes, other than the finished product, was how simple and straightforward the instructions were. I reviewed another hundred or so recipes and found that they were equally straightforward and easy to grasp. I have been a student of Chinese cooking for several years and lived in Asia for part of my life. I found the recipes that I read to be faithful to what I was taught. I can't say that about most Chinese cookbooks.
I also want to praise and thank the authors and the publisher, for giving us a book that is full of content, not fluff. No glossy art photos, no wasteful white space. You will usually find two recipes per page. It drives me crazy when I see cookbooks that waste paper and do nothing but add cost. The CIA cookbooks are the worst examples of this.
If you love Chinese cuisine; if you want to explore its rich culinary diversity; if you want to become a more authentic cook then buy this book. It will be one of the best investment you will make.
This book would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves culture, China, cooking and reading about these things.