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My China: A Feast for All the Senses Hardcover – November 8, 2007
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`My China' is the fourth of Kylie's books, and invites the reader to travel with her as she rediscovers her Chinese heritage and explores the history, culture and cuisine of China and Tibet. This book contains magnificent photographs of places, people and food. The book is also a travelogue containing recipes specific to particular regions. There is a map, as well, so the reader can see where these places are.
The recipes themselves are easy to follow, clearly explained and are accompanied by delicious photographs. Ms Kwong provides serving numbers based of shared meals (ie a recipe will serve 4 to 6 as part of a shared meal) thus enabling someone to plan how many dishes they might wish to prepare based on the number of guests and type of gathering. I particularly like her section on ingredients, and found the paragraph on the relative uses of different soy sauces especially helpful.
In summary, `My China' is a delightful addition to the home library for anyone who enjoys Chinese cuisine. Those interested in Chinese culture and history will also enjoy this book. The photographs are simply stunning.
I would encourage folks seriously interested in cooking oriental foods with a modern eye to look for and purchase some of her other cookbooks "Simple Chinese Cooking" and "heart & soul" for example.
If you are in Sydney you wouldn't go wrong visiting her "Billy Kwong" Restaurant and select "The Banquet". The food and service was marvelous while seated in a tiny and tightly packed space. Recommend you pay in cash rather than with a foreign Credit Card since my experience was that the Restaurant marked up the card usage fee much higher than others. All in all it was a worthwhile experience.
The author, Kylie Kwong, writes about her travels to her family's ancestral home in China and her culinary and other cultural experiences in the country. This book is both travelogue and cookbook, though recipes are rather sparse compared to itinerary narrative. Her travels throughout China took her from the rural simplicity of her ancestral village in China’s southwest to the wilds of the Tibetan plateau and the stylish modernity of Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Kwong's book provides insightful and poignant observations and reflection on food, culture, family, and life itself. For me, it is refreshing as it is told from the perspective of a Chinese Australian from Sydney. The author discusses her father's declining health from cancer and what his imminent death teaches her about family and the meaning of life.
Kwong found her visit to a traditional Shanghai-style tea house most moving, with its polished rosewood tables, complete with matching stools that fitted neatly under the tables like a jigsaw puzzle, resembling a exquisite lacquered box.
Kwong believes that our food choices should be ethical, sustainable and supportive of both the natural and human environment. "My China" (Lantern | Penguin, 2007) was named Best Chinese Cuisine Book in the World at the 2008 Gourmand Cookbook Awards and was also the Australian winner of the Best Culinary Travel Guide category. Kwong has authored a few other books featuring Chinese cuisine as well as the people responsible for provision of food in Australia: growers, farmers, fishermen, artisans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More of a story, as many have said, and less on recipes. Wasn't anywhere near as useful as Kylie's previous books nor my expectations.Published 19 days ago by A. Hosana
Content good - quality of the printing and images very disappointing. Based on the quality of one of her previous books I bought this - mistake. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mountain Rose
I have yet to receive this item i have been waiting when can somebody let me know it was to have been a christmas presentPublished on December 23, 2012 by rodney61
I thought it would be more of a cook book, but, it's a book about her experiences traveling and living in China. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Stuart H. Borken
Outstanding book. I saw it at a freinds home and couldn't wait to get it. The recipes are so easy and the travle story of her life is intrieging. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Graton H. Ortseifer
The feel of this book is what really pulls you in, the common quest for our ancestral roots, the need to know who our ancestors were and what they were like, so that we can... Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by Christine