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

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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738213255
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 481,991
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.