Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco

Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco


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Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco by Leigh Beisch

A pioneer in the food world, Cecilia Chiang introduced Americans to authentic northern Chinese cuisine at her San Francisco restaurant, the Mandarin, in 1961, earning the adoration of generations of diners, including local luminaries such as Marion Cunningham, Ruth Reichl, and Chuck Williams. In THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER, Chiang presents a classic collection of recipes framed by her gripping life's story. Beginning with her account of a privileged childhood in 1920s and 1930s Beijing, Chiang chronicles a 1,000-mile trek on foot in the wake of the Japanese occupation, her arrival in San Francisco, and her transformation from accidental restaurateur to culinary pioneer. The book's recipes feature cherished childhood dishes and definitive Mandarin classics, while showcasing Cecilia's purist approach to authentic Chinese home cooking.

   • The signature recipes and extraordinary story of Cecilia Chiang, the grande dame of Chinese cooking in America.
   • Includes more than 80 recipes, 20 full-color styled food photographs, and archival photography from Chiang's private collection.
   • Recipes feature in-depth notes on sourcing ingredients and tips on simplifying the recipes.
   • Features menus for putting together Chinese banquets and dinners at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580088220
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

In 1961 CECILIA CHIANG opened the Mandarin, which became a San Francisco institution. In 1974 she wrote the cookbook The Mandarin Way, and her career blossomed to include television appearances, cooking demonstrations, and contributions to international magazines and newspapers. She consults for popular Bay Area restaurants, including Betelnut and Shanghai 1930. Chiang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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