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From Barnes & NobleA Masterful Look at Chinese Cuisine
Chinese cuisine seems as familiar as hamburgers and french fries to most Americans these days -- at least Chinese take-out standbys like fried rice, lo mein, and kung-pao chicken do. But picking up The Chinese Kitchen, the reader is reminded that for the most part, the surface of this ancient, sophisticated, and symbolically complex cuisine is barely scratched in the average American Chinese restaurant. Renowned cooking teacher and cookbook author Eileen Yin-Fei Lo does much more than scratch the surface in this wonderful book: She combines the expertise of a lifetime of cooking and eating Chinese cuisine with an engaging exploration of the culinary and cultural history of the Chinese table to offer a highly personal yet truly comprehensive look at the world of Chinese cuisine. She includes traditional recipes along with her own creations and dishes passed down through her family; a thorough explication of common techniques illustrated with color photos; deep and informative sections on Chinese history; chapters on teas, wines, and regional specialties; and an excellent, detailed glossary of ingredients. Yin-Fei Lo also explores the Chinese tradition of food as medicine and delves deeply into the fascinating, complex system of symbolism and meaning that infuses Chinese cuisine. For food lovers ready to look beyond the familiar to the heart of an authentic, sophisticated, ancient cuisine, The Chinese Kitchen is a real find.