Food Plants of China

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The food plants of an area provide the material basis for the survival of its population, and furnish inspiring stimuli for cultural development.

There are two parts in this book. Part 1 introduces the cultural aspects of Chinese food plants and the spread of Chinese culinary culture to the world. It also describes how the botanical and cultural information was acquired; what plants have been selected by the Chinese people for food; how these foodstuffs are produced, preserved, ...

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Overview

The food plants of an area provide the material basis for the survival of its population, and furnish inspiring stimuli for cultural development.

There are two parts in this book. Part 1 introduces the cultural aspects of Chinese food plants and the spread of Chinese culinary culture to the world. It also describes how the botanical and cultural information was acquired; what plants have been selected by the Chinese people for food; how these foodstuffs are produced, preserved, and prepared; and what the western societies can learn from Chinese practices. Part 2 provides the botanical identification of the plant kingdom for the esculents used in China as food and/or as beverage. The plants are illustrated with line drawings or composite photographic plates.

This book is useful not only as a text for general reading, but also as a work reference. Naturally, it would be a useful addition to the general collection of any library.

The Chinese University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629962296
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 644,306
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Hu Shiu-ying was educated in China before the Second World War. She later attended Harvard University where she was awarded a doctoral degree in 1949. She has established herself as one of the most distinguished research scientists in the field of plant taxonomy during the past fifty years in Harvard's Arnold Arboretum. She was a visiting professor in the Department of Biology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is still a senior college tutor at Chung Chi College which is one of the University's foundation colleges.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Introduction: Why the Book and to Whom It Is Addressed
Illustrations
Part 1 Cultural Aspects of Chinese Food Plants
I The Sources and Nature of Information 3
Sources of Information 3
Nature of Information 11
II The Production and Preparation of Chinese Plant Food 19
Kitchen Gardens 19
Different Farming Systems 21
Utilization of Suburban Land for Vegetable Gardens 22
Plant Food Storage and Preservation 25
The Use of Microbes in Chinese Plant Food 32
Detoxification, Extraction and Limited Utilization 41
III Selected Chinese Food Plants with Instruction for Preparation 47
Chinese Cooking 48
Leafy Shoots 50
Flowers 66
Fruits 81
Seeds 98
Special Subterranean Plant Food 126
IV Spices and Flavoring Materials 147
Cultural and Historical Background 148
Common Spices Used in Chinese Food 150
Combined Spices and Spicy Liquids for Making Cold Cuts 151
Natural Colors and Flavors 153
Table Dips 154
Samples for the Application of Spices 154
V Health Food and Herbal Tea 161
Bupin: Plant Esculents for the Conservation of Health 162
Chinese Herbal Teas: Liangcha and Parcelled Medicated Tea 230
Conclusions 249
Part 2 Botanical Aspects of Chinese Food Plants
VI Nonvascular Plants: Monerans, Algae, Fungi and Lichens 257
Monerans 257
Nonvascular Eukaryotes - Algae 258
Nonvascular Eukaryotes - Fungi 262
VII Vascular Plants: Pteridophytes and Spermatophytes 271
Pteridophytes - Filicopsids: True Ferns 271
Spermatophytes - Seed-bearing Plants 275
Gymnospermae: Naked-seed Plants 275
Angiospermae: Flowering Plants 280
Monocotyledoneae 280
Dicotyledoneae 332
Bibliography 753
Latin Name Index 763
Chinese Name Index 781
English Name Index 809
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