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The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen - Grace Young

The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen

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"The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, " with its 150 recipes culled from a lifetime of family meals and culinary instruction, is much more than a cookbook. It is a daughter's tribute -- a collection of personal memories of the philosophy and superstitions behind culinary traditions that have been passed down through her Cantonese family, in which each ingredient has its own singular importance, the preparation of a meal is part of the joy of life, and the proper creation of a dish can have a favorable influence on health and good fortune. Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life-enhancing and spiritually calming meals. In addition, personal family photographs illustrate these stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution, when Young's family lived in Canton, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

The first part, "Mastering the Fundamentals," provides instruction on the arts of steaming and stir-frying; the preparation of rice, panfried, and braised dishes; the proper selection of produce; and the fine arts of chopping and slicing. Part Two, "The Art of Celebration," concentrates on the more elaborate, complex, and meaningful dishes -- such as Shark's Fin Soup and West Lake Duck -- that are usually made with rare ingredients, and sweets such as Water Chestnut Cake and Sesame Balls. The final part, "Achieving Yin-Yang Harmony," explores the many Chinese beliefs about the healing properties of ginseng, gingko nuts, soybeans, "dong quai, " and the many vegetable and fruit soup preparations that balance and nourish the body. The stories and recipes combine to demonstrate the range of Cantonese cooking, from rich flavors and honored combinations to an overall appreciation of health, well-being, and prosperity.

In addition to the recipes, Young provides a complete glossary of dried herbs, spices, and fresh produce, accompanied by identifying photos and tips on where to purchase them. Unique traditional dishes, such as Savory Rice Tamales and Shrimp Dumplings, are also illustrated step by step, making the book easy to use. The central full-color photo section captures details of New Year's dishes and the Chinese home decorated in celebration, reminding one that these time-honored traditions live on, and the meals and their creation are connections to the past.

Amy Tan A cookbook of family secrets that the Kitchen God's Wife would have been proud to write for her daughter. Paula Wolfert author of Mediterranean Grains and Greens It's so rare to come across a cookbook that I fall in love with at first sight. I heartily recommend The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen for its terrific recipes, intimate view of how Chinese-Americans eat, and charming writing. The sections on yin-yang harmony and shopping like a sleuth are worth the price alone! Ken Hom author of Easy Family Recipes from a Chinese-American Childhood Grace Young's The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is a poignant, touching look at her Chinese-American past. Each page is filled with delicious recipes written straight from the heart. This is more than a cookbook; it is a social history that deserves a place in every American library.

Introductionp. xii
Notes to the Readerp. xvi
Remember China, Nan Chungp. xix
Mastering the Fundamentals
The Meaning of Ricep. 3
Steamed Ricep. 7
Flavored Sweet Ricep. 8
Fried Ricep. 9
Tender Chicken on Ricep. 10
Tender Beef on Ricep. 12
Chicken Porridgep. 13
Stir-Fried Frog on Ricep. 14
Savory Rice Dumplingsp. 16
Peanut Rice Dumplingsp. 18
The Breath of a Wokp. 20
Chicken with Cashewsp. 24
Tomato Beefp. 25
Stir-Fried Chicken with Baby Corn and Straw Mushroomsp. 26
Stir-Fried Eggs with Barbecued Porkp. 27
Baba's Stir-Fried Butterfly Fish and Bean Sproutsp. 28
Stir-Fried Asparagus with Shrimpp. 29
Stir-Fried Squidp. 30
Beef Chow Funp. 31
Singapore Rice Noodlesp. 32
The Art of Steamingp. 33
Steamed Oyster and Water Chestnut Pork Cakep. 37
Steamed Pork Cake with Salted Duck Eggp. 38
Steamed Egg Custardp. 39
Steamed Tangerine Beefp. 40
Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Saucep. 41
Steamed Spareribs with Plum Saucep. 42
Steamed Sole with Black Bean Saucep. 43
Steamed Chicken with Lily Buds, Cloud Ears, and Mushroomsp. 44
Steamed Rock Codp. 45
Steamed Sponge Cakep. 46
Shreds of Ginger Like Blades of Grassp. 47
Fried White Fishp. 51
Drunken Chickenp. 52
Braised Beefp. 54
Braised Sweet and Sour Spareribsp. 55
Nom Yu Spareribsp. 56
Lemongrass Pork Chopsp. 57
Rock Sugar Ginger Chickenp. 58
Lemon Chickenp. 59
Seafood Sandpotp. 60
Sandpot Braised Lambp. 62
Chestnuts and Mushrooms Braised with Chickenp. 64
Chicken and Corn Soupp. 65
Seafood Noodle Soupp. 66
Clear Soup Noodlesp. 67
Fuzzy Melon Soupp. 68
Cabbage Noodle Soupp. 69
Family-Style Winter Melon Soupp. 70
Hot-and-Sour Soupp. 71
Sweetened Tofu Soupp. 72
Going to Market with Mamap. 73
Shrimp with Spinach and Tofup. 77
Braised Mushroomsp. 78
Braised Cabbage and Mushroomsp. 79
Sprouting Soybeansp. 80
Grandfather's Stir-Fried Soybean Sproutsp. 82
Stir-Fried Bean Sprouts and Yellow Chivesp. 83
Lotus Root Stir-Fryp. 84
Stir-Fried Egg and Chinese Chivesp. 85
Stir-Fried Five Spice Tofu and Vegetablesp. 86
Stir-Fried Chinese Broccolip. 87
Stir-Fried Chinese Broccoli and Baconp. 88
Braised Taro and Chinese Baconp. 89
Stir-Fried Long Beans with Red Bell Peppersp. 90
Long Bean Stir-Fryp. 91
Stir-Fried Amaranthp. 92
Stir-Fried Water Spinachp. 93
Stir-Fried Cloud Ears and Luffap. 94
Eggplant in Garlic Saucep. 95
Stir-Fried Bitter Melon and Beefp. 96
Vegetable Lo Meinp. 97
Stuffed Fuzzy Melonp. 98
Braised Fuzzy Melon with Scallopsp. 99
Cooking as a Meditationp. 100
The Art of Celebration
The Good Omen of a Fighting Fishp. 103
Poached Steelhead Fishp. 108
Stir-Fried Bok Choyp. 109
White-Cut Chickenp. 110
Stir-Fried Clams in Black Bean Saucep. 111
Stir-Fried Snow Pea Shootsp. 112
Glazed Roast Squabp. 113
Shark's Fin Soupp. 114
Oyster-Vegetable Lettuce Wrapsp. 116
Stir-Fried Garlic Lettucep. 117
Pepper and Salt Shrimpp. 118
Sweet and Sour Porkp. 119
Eight Precious Sweet Ricep. 120
Stir-Fried Scallops with Snow Peas and Peppersp. 122
New Year's Foods and Traditionsp. 123
Buddha's Delightp. 126
Turnip Cakep. 128
Taro Root Cakep. 130
New Year's Cakep. 132
Water Chestnut Cakep. 134
Nom Yu Peanutsp. 136
Candied Walnutsp. 137
Sesame Ballsp. 138
Sweetened Red Bean Pastep. 139
A Day Lived as if in Chinap. 140
Fancy Winter Melon Soupp. 143
West Lake Duckp. 146
Braised Nom Yu and Taro Duckp. 148
Stuffed Chicken Wingsp. 150
Savory Rice Tamalesp. 152
Sweet Rice Tamalesp. 154
Pork Dumplingsp. 156
Won Tonp. 158
Pot Stickersp. 160
Shrimp Dumplingsp. 162
Stuffed Noodle Rollsp. 164
Spring Rollsp. 166
Scallion Cakesp. 168
Dutiful Daughter Returns Homep. 170
Salt-Roasted Chickenp. 173
Soy Sauce Chickenp. 174
Chinese Barbecued Porkp. 176
Barbecued Spareribsp. 178
Roast Duckp. 180
Chinese Baconp. 182
Uncle Tommy's Roast Turkeyp. 184
Mama's Rice Stuffingp. 186
Turkey Porridgep. 188
Achieving Yin-Yang Harmony
Cooking as a Healing Artp. 191
Walnut Soupp. 196
Green Mung Bean Soupp. 197
Foxnut Soupp. 198
Sesame Tong Shuip. 199
Lotus Seed "Tea"p. 200
Sweetened Red Bean Soupp. 201
Peanut Soupp. 202
Almond Soupp. 203
Dried Sweet Potato Soupp. 204
Sweet Potato and Lotus Seed Soupp. 205
Dragon Eye and Lotus Seed "Tea"p. 206
Double-Steamed Papaya and Snow Fungus Soupp. 207
Double-Steamed Asian Pearsp. 208
Homemade Soy Milkp. 209
Savory Soy Milkp. 210
Fresh Fig and Honey Date Soupp. 211
Soybean and Sparerib Soupp. 212
Dried Fig Apple, and Almond Soupp. 213
Ching Bo Leung Soupp. 214
Green Turnip Soupp. 215
Four Flavors Soupp. 216
Chayote Carrot Soupp. 217
Watercress Soupp. 218
Yen Yen's Winter Melon Soupp. 219
Herbal Winter Melon Soupp. 220
Mustard Green Soupp. 221
Gingko Nut Porridgep. 222
Snow Fungus Soupp. 224
American Ginseng Chicken Soupp. 225
Baba's Mama's Dong Quai and Restorative Foodsp. 226
Dong Quai Soupp. 230
Lotus Root Soupp. 231
Korean Ginseng Soupp. 232
Homemade Chicken Brothp. 234
Double-Steamed Black Chicken Soupp. 235
Chicken Wine Soupp. 236
Pickled Pig's Feetp. 238
Beef and White Turnip Soupp. 240
Shopping like a Sleuthp. 241
Glossaryp. 246
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780684847399
ISBN-10: 0684847396
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 5th May 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 19.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1