Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life

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Award-Winner in the Cookbooks: International category of the 2010 International Book Awards

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen reveals how easy it is to tap into the 3,000-year-old secrets of the Eastern healing arts. This entertaining and easy-to-use book provides scores of delicious recipes, anecdotes about various herbs and foods, and all you need to know about acquiring ingredients?even if you don?t know the difference between a lotus seed and ...

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Award-Winner in the Cookbooks: International category of the 2010 International Book Awards

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen reveals how easy it is to tap into the 3,000-year-old secrets of the Eastern healing arts. This entertaining and easy-to-use book provides scores of delicious recipes, anecdotes about various herbs and foods, and all you need to know about acquiring ingredients—even if you don’t know the difference between a lotus seed and the lotus position.

Highlighting “superfoods,” such as goji berries, as well as more familiar ingredients like ginger, garlic, and mint, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen includes indispensible information:

• An overview of traditional Chinese medicine, herbs, and food therapy
• Details on 100 healthy Asian ingredients
• Healing recipes for common health concerns, including fatigue, menopause, high cholesterol, weight control, and diabetes

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A 2011 San Diego Book & Writing Award Winner (Cookbook Category)
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and other works
“I love this book! It's a most nourishing read and the recipes are most enticing.”

Giovanni Maciocia, C.Ac., author of The Practice of Chinese Medicine, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, The Psyche in Chinese Medicine, and other works

“The foundations of this book rest on expert knowledge of [a] time-honored approach to health and healing. In writing this book, the authors have built a solid and welcoming bridge between East and West that many will want to cross.”

Sheldon S. Hendler, Ph.D., M.D., editor-in-chief, Journal of Medicinal Food, author and co-editor, PDR (Physicians' Desk Reference) for Nutritional Supplements, and clinical professor of medicine (voluntary), University of California, San Diego

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen is a good read, intelligent, interesting, and potentially tasty. I highly recommend it. ”

Jack Miller, president of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

“I have been waiting for this book for 20 years. Finally, respected authorities in the field Dr. Yuan Wang and Warren Sheir, LAc, have written a book on food therapy with writer Mika Ono that will appeal to both practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and anyone who is interested in harnessing an Eastern approach to the power of food for better health.”

Paul W. Miller, M.D., adjunct professor, Exercise and Nutritional Science Department, San Diego State University
“We have a lot to learn from how other cultures approach health and medicine. Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen not only offers mouth-watering Asian recipes and lore about food, it also provides a new way to look at what makes up a healthy diet—a refreshing antidote to the way many of us in America eat today.”

Guohui Liu, MS, MB/BS, LAc, faculty member at Oregon College of Oriental medicine and National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and author of Warm Diseases: A Clinical Guide and other works
“Part cookbook, part introduction to Chinese medicine, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen introduces a holistic approach to food that is second nature in China and vital to medical practice there. I will be sharing this exceptional work with both my patients and colleagues.”

Robert Alan Bonakdar, M.D., director of pain management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and co-director of the symposium Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen provides a refreshing look at how to heal while you eat. If we believe the adage that food is medicine then this book, through sections such as 'Recipes for Common Health Concerns,' provides both recipes for delicious eating as well as prescriptions for optimal healing."

Library Journal, 3/15/10
“Recommended as an accessible introduction to integrating ideas of traditional Chinese medicine into cooking.”, 3/25/10
“The recipes themselves would earn the book a high rating, but it is the context in which the authors place the food that really makes this book outstanding. Each recipe is followed by information on health issues that the recipe may be useful in addressing – according to the way Oriental medicine is practiced…All in all, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen is a feast for the mind as well as the palate; and perhaps some readers will find that it can represent a few steps on the path toward wellness, too.”

Sacramento Book Review, 3/27/10
“Loaded with useful information to take care of your health.”

UK’s Health & Fitness magazine, May 2010
“Mixing the ancient tradition of traditional medicine and healing using herbs and food with western home remedies and recipes, this book offers a wealth of healing kitchen tips….An accessible way to cook health-giving Asian meals.”, 3/29/10
"In the face of increasing dissatisfaction with conventional medical care, the book is a powerful package offering a window into how other cultures stay healthy."

Healthy Soul website, 4/12/10
“The health-conscious cook could learn a lot and find a different approach to eating to supplement their wellbeing.”

January magazine, 4/17/10
“A revelation…A deeply interesting book. One that, given the right set of circumstances and half a chance, could change your life.” 

Tucson Citizen, 4/17/10
“This is a wonderful collection that would be an asset in almost any kitchen. The recipes are fairly easy to prepare, many combining many flavors to present familiar foods in a refreshing new way.”

Winner of the Cookbooks: International category and Finalist in the Health: Alternative Medicine category for the 2010 International Book Awards.

Curled Up With a Good Book, 5/16/10
“A pleasant informative book that will guide you through the secrets of ancient Chinese cooking using modern gadgets, whether you know black wood ear from astragalus root…This book could open the door to health as well as healing.”

ForeWord, July/August 2010
“The book offers a brief overview of traditional medicine in China, compelling detail on life-giving Asian ingredients, and 150 recipes…[It] will cause many a Western-minded cook to think anew about food and cooking.”

Yoga International, Fall 2010
“The authors…present 150 healing and approachable (but still delicious) recipes, including black sesame biscuits for menopause and eggplant soup for high cholesterol.”

San Diego Magazine’s “Local Bounty” blog, 8/24/10
“Altogether, this is a wonderfully useful book, well written, and with recipes that even a believer in conventional Western medicine would want to try.”, 9/29/10
“The layout of the book makes it easy to learn the basics first; then apply what you learned in recipes.”

San Diego Magazine, November 2010
“Chock full of educational tidbits about feel better food…Makes a great gift for anyone interested in Eastern traditions and cuisines.”

Library Journal
Yuan Wang and Warren Sheir, both faculty at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and writer and editor Mika Ono present the concepts necessary for a basic understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and include a glossary of terms and information about 100 ingredients. A wide array of recipes follow, from soups to sides to main dishes (many vegetarian) to preparations of tea; most will be attainable for beginners. A fair proportion seem medicinal, but a number will also tempt the palate. Each recipe references its application to general health or the amelioration of some condition, and an index allows one to look up a particular concern or symptom. VERDICT Recommended as an accessible introduction to integrating ideas of traditional Chinese medicine into cooking where there has been interest in superfood books.—Courtney Greene, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago
Publishers Weekly
For the uninitiated, using Chinese herbs can be intimidating. Admitting that “entering the world of traditional Chinese medicine is like learning a new language,” the three authors of this well-penned title highlight key concepts of east Asian herbal cooking, and lucidly explain their holistic approach to cooking. Recipes from China, Japan, and Korea, arranged by course, include informative headnotes, ingredient variations, and notes on how the recipe ties into Chinese medicine. While cynics may snicker at recipe titles such as Life-Force Chicken and Mushrooms in Wine, Change-of-Pace Chicken, Mushroom and Lotus Seed Soup, Take-A-Deep-Breath Baked Lime Apple, and Expanding-Horizons Chrysanthemum Tea, dishes that may be more familiar to some American cooks, such as Korean seaweed soup, Garlic Green Beans, and pot stickers round out the offerings. A section titled “Recipes for Common Health Concerns” is a must-read, and the detailed resources/suggested places to find ingredients will get any cook well stocked for the recipes, no matter where they live. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213255
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 419,626
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Yuan Wang, former head physician of several departments of the Chengdu Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China, is a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. Warren Sheir is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a PCOM faculty member. Mika Ono is an award-winning writer and editor. They each live in Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Three Paths to the Healing Power of Food ix

Introduction: Delicious Recipes, Healthy Life 1

Add East and West, Stir Vigorously 1

Balance-The Missing Ingredient 3

Deep Roots, Flowering Branches 3

Chinese Medicine in a Nutshell 5

How to Use This Book 15

One Hundred Healthful Asian Ingredients 19


Sumptuous Soups 63

Vitality Fish Soup 64

Buddhist Tofu Soup 66

Basic Miso Soup 67

Pleasing Pumpkin-Miso Soup 68

Gingery Pumpkin Soup 69

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup 70

Decongesting Daikon Soup 71

Classic Korean Seaweed Soup 72

Mushroom Medley-Miso Soup 74

Watercress-Miso Soup 75

Easy Eggplant Soup 76

Savory Squash and Azuki Bean Soup 78

What-to-Do-for-a-Hangover Soup 79

Japanese New Year's Soup 80

Augmenting Asparagus Soup 82

Steadying Spinach Egg Drop Soup 83

Simple Winter Melon Soup 84

Renewing Rib and Winter Melon Soup 86

Classic Chinese Ginseng-Chicken Soup 88

Healthful Herbal Chicken Soup 90

State-of-Return Chicken Soup 92

Change-of-Pace Chicken, Mushroom, and Lotus Seed Soup 93

Lotus Root-Chicken Soup 94

Flu Season Soup 96

Savory Side Dishes, or Vegetarians' Delight 99

Potent Pan-Fried Pumpkin 100

Terrific Tofu and Mushrooms 102

Cool-as-a-Cucumber Salad 103

Open Sesame Eggplant 104

Special Spicy Spinach 105

Cleansing Seaweed Scrambled Eggs 106

Simple Seaweed Salad 108

Three-Color Noodle-Seaweed Salad 109

Fresh Lotus Root Salad 110

Sesame-Lotus Root Stir-Fry 111

Down-to-Earth Burdock Root and Carrot Stir-Fry 112

Umeboshi-Sesame Asparagus 114

Black Sesame Asparagus 115

Korean-Style Bean Sprouts 116

Soybean Sprout and Wood Ear Salad 117

Japanese-Style Greens 118

Seaweed-Sweet Potato Simmer 119

Ginger-Snow Pea Rice 120

Chrysanthemum Broccoli 121

Bok Choy with Wood Ear and Shiitakes 122

Sesame Cellophane Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy 124

Mushroom Brown Rice 126

Triple Mushroom M?lange 128

Move-the-Qi Daikon Salad 129

Korean Five-Grain Rice 130

Black and White Wood Ear Tofu 132

Spicy Cucumber and Wood Ear Salad 133

Miso-Tahini Green Beans 134

Garlic Green Beans 135

Balancing Bitter Melon Eggs 136

Pan-Fried Bitter Melon and Potatoes 138

Leek and Wakame with Miso Sauce 139

Marvelous Main Dishes 141

Soothing Shrimp with Asparagus and Goji Berries 142

Wasabi Fish Cooked in Sake 143

Spring Seafood Stew 144

Silver-Wrapped Fish with Tangerine Peel 146

Salmon with Wood Ear and Cellophane Noodles 148

Five-Color Stir-Fry with Scallops and Ginkgo 150

Fish Dish for Vigor 152

Silver-Wrapped Chicken with Galangal and Ginger 153

Life-Force Chicken and Mushrooms in Wine 154

Perilla-Roasted Drumsticks 155

Five-Spice Powder Chicken 156

Ginkgo Chicken in Foil 158

Classic Korean Ginseng-Stuffed Poultry 160

Silver-Wrapped Lamb with Sichuan Peppercorn and Star Anise 162

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries 163

Five-Spice Lamb Skewers 164

Warming Fennel Lamb 165

Strengthening Stew 166

Ten-Treasure Dumplings 168

Vegetable Variety Pot Stickers 170

Kung Pao Creation 172

A Flurry of Curry 174

Magnificent Mizutaki 176

Mouthwatering Meal in a Minute 178

Sesame-Mushroom Soba Noodles 180

Soba Noodles with Miso-Sesame Sauce 182

Five-Element Stir-Fry 183

Longevity Mushrooms with He Shou Wu 184

Here, There, Anywhere-Breakfast, Snacks, Dessert 187

Breathe-Easy Fritillaria Pear 188

Ginger-Honey Pear 190

Take-a-Deep-Breath Baked Lime Apple 191

Outstanding Oatmeal 192

Go-To Ginger and Jujube Porridge 194

Blackberry Boost Cereal 196

Cinnamon-Chestnut Congee 197

Pining for Pine Nut Porridge 198

Smooth Black Sesame Cereal 199

Sweet Black Rice Pudding 200

Always-on-Call Ochazuke 201

Healing Lily Bulb Congee 202

Yin-Yang Cuscuta Seed Congee 204

Power-of-Ten Porridge 206

Grounding Ginger and Green Onion Congee 208

Sustaining Pumpkin Congee 209

Enhance-the-Qi Mountain Yam Congee 210

Restoration Porridge 212

Mild Mung Bean-Kudzu Congee 213

Sweet Fruit and Nut Rice 214

Sticky Sesame and Walnut Balls 215

Poria-Black Sesame Biscuits 216

Sweet Decorated Rice Balls 218

Simple Peach Kanten 220

Sweet Red Bean Soup 222

Rejuvenating Wood Ear and Red Date Dessert Soup 224

Five-Fruit Dessert Potage 226

Chestnut-Lotus Dessert Soup 227

Loquat Herbal Soup 228

Celestial Papaya Dessert 229

Comfort in a Cup 231

Got-to-Have-It Green Tea 232

Soothing Ginger-Honey Drink 234

Expanding-Horizons Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea 235

Mulberry-Chrysanthemum Tea 236

Legendary Ginseng Tea 237

Harmonizing Ginger-Perilla Green Tea 238

Scintillating Cinnamon Tea 239

Ginger Black Tea 240

Five-Flavor Berry Tea 241

Pulse-of-Life Tea 242

Meditative Mint, Ginger, and Tangerine Tisane 243

Boost-the-Qi Tea 244

Roasted Cassia Seed Tea 245

Restful Honeysuckle and Mint Green Tea 246

Lullaby Longan Tea 247

Kudzu Tea 247

Calm-the-Spirit Tea 248

No-More-Cough Mulberry Leaf Tea 249

Soothing Sipping Broth 250

Heart-Healthy Tea 251

Classic Cold Cure 252

Cornsilk Tea 253

Lightening Lotus Leaf Tea 254

Conquer-Your-Cough Pear Juice 255

Walnut-Almond Milk 256

Almond Soy Milk 257

Memory Drink 258

Lotus Root Drink 259

Pleasant Persimmon Punch 260

Cheerful Cherry-Berry Beverage 261

Mixed and Sundry: Stocks, Sauces, and Toppings 263

Quick Kombu Dashi Stock 264

Dashi of the Sea 265

I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Easy Mushroom Stock 266

Classic Korean Fish Stock 267

Vegetable Stock with Kombu and Ginger 268

Shiitake-Astragalus Vegetable Stock 269

Immunity-Boosting Chicken Stock 270

Chicken Stock with Ginger and Wine 271

Bone-Building Stock 272

Some-Like-It-Hot Chili Oil 273

Five-Spice Powder 274

Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce 275

Japanese Noodle Dipping Sauce 275

Do-It-Yourself Dumpling Wrappers 276

Creamy Umeboshi Dressing 278

Umeboshi-Sesame Dressing 279

Miso-Tahini Dressing 280

Get-Up-and-Go Garlic Sauce 281

Togarashi Topping 282

Sesame Shake 283

Korean Cabbage Kimchi 284

Appendixes 287

Glossary of Common Traditional Chinese Medicine Terms 289

Recipes for Common Health Concerns 295

Conversion Chart 311

Suggested Substitutions 313

Resources 315

Brick-and-Mortar Asian Food and Herb Shops 315

Online Herb and Asian Food Suppliers 316

Plant and Seed Suppliers 316

Recommended Reading 317

Bibliography 317

Useful Web Sites 319

Acknowledgments 321

Index 323

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

    Fascinating topic

    I got this book the other day for my daughter, but I can't seemed to put it down to send it to her. I found the information very interesting. The recipes seem easy to follow. I have only tried the recipe for Soothing Ginger-Honey Drink and it was easy to follow. I plan to try several other of the recipes. There are several ingredients that I hope I don't have a difficult time purchasing, but the book gives you several options on where to purchase the less common ingredients. Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in healthy eating alternatives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    It's a very informative book, except for some chinese characters

    It's a very informative book, except for some chinese characters not showing up and coming up in little rectangles in my nook,  I would give it 5 stars. 
    The authors break down what each recipe is for. I am looking forward to trying them out in the near future.

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