The Chinese Cookbook

The Chinese Cookbook

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  • Paperback | 451 pages
  • 165.1 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 657.71g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, index
  • 0060922613
  • 9780060922610

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French and Chinese cuisines have long ranked as the two most sophisticated in the world and even that nonpareil gourmet Craig Claiborne admits to having been intimidated by the intricacies of the latter. But not any longer; with the help of Chinese chef Virginia Lee, he has assembled 250 masterpieces selected to represent the culinary arts of Peking, the Yangtze Valley and Canton - the three great regional variants of Chinese cookery. Claiborne stresses that the secret and the aesthetic of Chinese food lies in advanced preparation - slicing, shredding, dicing and marinating - and he provides clear and simple instructions (there are line drawings) with advice on utensils and table setting. You don't need a new kitchen - the special implements required are actually few though mastery of the wonderful wok is helpful. While some of the recipes call for truly exotic ingredients - tiger lily stems, dried jellyfish, coconut cream and chrysanthemum petals - an equal number rely on classical blendings of ginger and scallion, soy sauce and sesame oil. Steaming and quick (very quick) stir-frying are favorite techniques but casseroles and cold dishes are also included. Among the splendors: walnut chicken, beef with bitter melon, duck smoked in dark tea leaves, pumpkin dumplings in spinach casing, clams in black bean and oyster sauce and - surely the piece de resistance - a Chrysanthemum Hot Pot combining chicken breast, flank steak, shrimp, flounder, chicken livers and clams festooned with flower petals. Of course if ali you're interested in is chop suey, forget it. But this is the most elegant and authoritative book of its kind and is likely to be for a long, long time to come. A chapter on Chinese food markets and mail order purchase is appended. (Kirkus Reviews)
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