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Gok Cooks Chinese [Hardcover]

Gok Wan
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Book Description

10 May 2012

Not only is Gok Wan one of the UK's top fashion stylists, but he can cook too!

Gok's fantastic new book, Gok Cooks Chinese, contains 80 personal and family recipes, which are not only delicious and healthy but incredibly simple to make. His love and passion for Chinese food and cooking techniques shine through from every page. From his unique perspective he gives us his personal and modern take on the Chinese food that he grew up eating, drawing on his Chinese heritage to give us a different angle on how to eat - for Gok, it's all about sitting down, tucking into fantastic food that is fuss-free and relaxed.

Gok's food is about balance, health, flavour and fun. From his absolute favourite recipe for Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup (which he calls 'happiness in a bowl') to Perfect Fried Rice or classics like his dad's Honey-glazed Char Siu Pork, through chapters on Dim Sum, Street Food, One Pot Wonders and Feasting, you will find recipes for all occasions and moods, whether entertaining friends or enjoying a meal at home by yourself. Above all, Gok Wan will demystify Chinese ingredients and equipment. Gok Cooks Chinese shows us how easy it is to shop and cook just like him.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of his Channel 4 series, How To Look Good Naked, acclaimed fashion stylist and on-screen consultant, Gok Wan, is now an institution on our screens. Not only has Gok appeared in a further six series, he has also hosted three of Gok's Fashion Fix and the follow-on, Gok's Clothes Roadshow, is into its second series. Gok has also made a moving documentary on child obesity, Too Fat Too Young, and explored the modern day issues our teenagers are facing in Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth. He has written four books, including his bestselling autobiography, Through Thick and Thin. His women's wear collection for Sainsbury's broke UK sales records upon its release in October 2011, allowing women up and down the country to fulfill their dreams and get well and truly Gok'd!

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718159519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718159511
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fashion stylist Gok Wan has been in the industry for the best part of a decade. The 32-year-old combines a passion and flair for fashion with his early drama school foundations.
Gok studied at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, but his love of fashion and beauty led him to follow a career firstly in hair and make-up and then in fashion styling.
Gok has styled celebrities Bryan Ferry, Blondie, All Saints and Erasure and has worked for some of the world's leading photographers, including Arthur Elgort, Terry O'Neill and John Swannell.
He now styles the nation with the prime-time Channel 4 fashion series How to Look Good Naked, Gok's Fashion Fix and Miss Naked Beauty and he is the author of the bestselling books, How to Look Good Naked, How to Dress and Work Your Wardrobe.

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About the Author

Acclaimed fashion stylist and on-screen consultant Gok Wan was shot to fame by his Channel 4 Series, How to Look Good Naked. On the back of the show's success, Gok crystallized his position as a true champion for women with Gok's Fashion Fix and Gok's Clothes Roadshow, helping them to feel confident and stylish. This has led to his enormously popular women's wear collection for Sainsbury's, released in October 2011. He has published four books, including his autobiography Through Thick and Thin, and his openness about his own weight issues as a teenager led him to film two searching documentaries, Too Fat Too Young and Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth.

Optomen Television is an independent production company the forefront of the food television revolution both in the UK and the US, known for the flair and originality it brings to its productions. Making shows for all UK broadcasters, Optomen has launched the television careers of household names, including Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Valentine Warner.

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219 of 225 people found the following review helpful
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Gok Cooks Chinese is Gok Wan's first cookery book and is accompanied by a Channel 4 series. It contains 82 recipes under the headings: Chinese Takeaway Classics, Dim Sum, Favourite Wan Family Dishes, Chinese Classics, Street Food, Feasting, One-Pot Wonders and Modern Dishes. There are concise and clear sections to explain ingredients and essential equipment.

The recipes are straightforward and work well. Preparation and cooking times are fair - although I needed more time for careful chopping - but with over half the dishes do-able in less than 30 minutes, there are many realistic mid-week options. Photographs are simply styled and provide both incentive and guidance. In terms of ingredients, the basics are readily available and did not take up much cupboard space. There are many recipes which would need a trip to a Chinese supermarket for authenticity, but alternatives are given and, particularly helpfully, there is advice on when it is just not worth trying to substitute.

From the perspective of someone who loves Chinese food yet somehow does not end up cooking it, Cooking with Gok was a revelation. Intensely-flavoured yet fresh dishes kept on emerging and the absence of the dreaded MSG aftertaste that usually heaps regret onto the end of a take-away evening was striking. I felt particular pride after my first attempt (Beef in Easy Tomato Sauce) which just happened to be a Saturday-night sofa meal and looked and tasted authentic, albeit without rain-sodden shoes kicked off nearby. As suggested, I paired Soy-Glazed Chicken with Spicy Cucumber and Spring Onion Salad and have found a quick, fresh and delicious meal which I will come back to again and again.
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Chinese Cooking For All! 28 May 2012
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I received this book a little before it's official release date (Whoops, Amazon!) - so I had the chance to try out a few recipes before reviewing (this is a cookbook after all).

Now, I own a number of cookbooks, from Chinese, to Japanese, to Thai, and the reason why I bought yet another Chinese cookbook is because I admit it, I was in a bit of a rut, and it's always good to have a wider pool of ideas to dip into. The deciding point, for me, was when I saw a sneak preview of a Dim Sum recipe or two, and I couldn't believe they were from Gok Wan - so I thought I would give this a go and see what else he could do.

Now, the book is laid out in a non-intimidating, and logical way, with Takeaway Classics to dip your toe into, progressing through to some wonderfully adventurous, and modern dishes which you can build up to when you gain more confidence. Chinese food isn't all about chow mein, don't you know?

The book also presents us with a list of cupboard essentials and equipment, which is very handy for the Chinese cooking novice, and these are things you will be using again, and again (yes, you will use Fish sauce over and over again, and Sesame Oil will quickly become your best kitchen buddy). Almost all of these items could be reasonably found in a kitchen where a wok is used a lot, and can be found in most supermarkets, or bought online if you're out in the sticks - nothing too daunting or scary, here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic recipies 31 July 2012
By sushi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love cookery books and this one is nicely illustrated and contains very straightforward recipies, which taste very authentic. One word of caution though, is that some of these taste very salty which will be down to the amount of light soy sauce recommended. Personally, I would cut back on this for health and taste reasons. All in all, I do not regret the purchase as I have acquired a good few tips and have made some speedy and authentic, even if 'salty' meals!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A takeaway fan converted...well, almost. 30 Oct 2012
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I bought this book, since I am a real fan of chinese takeaway, and my purse these days, sadly, is not. As someone who is rarely out of the kitchen since I have a larger than average family, and also who really, really appreciated that 'takeaway night off', Gok had his work cut out to convince me.
He achieved it. I'm no slouch in the kitchen usually, but have always struggled with chinese food for some reason. This book took all of that trouble away. We are officially hooked on the Ginger beef (aka crispy beef from the local takeaway). I have cooked many dishes from this book, all with outstanding results.
The only one that doesn't get my vote is the hot and sour soup. I'm used to a hot and sour soup that is full of pork/bamboo/chicken/prawns and this one just didn't cut it, although the balance between hot and sour is really nice. I will be experimenting with this.
I have only one real complaint about this book - I no longer get a night off. We ordered takeaway as a treat recently, and our old favourites were mostly thrown away since they just didn't taste as good as what we've become accustomed to. My husband took one bite of his crispy beef and said 'I'd rather have the one you cook'.
So, all in all, thank you Gok for a great book. I'm fairly sure it's healthier than the takeaway, it's certainly healthier on my pursestrings, and I have discovered a new passion for cooking, which I'd thought I'd lost a while ago. Now I just need to find some other way to get out of cooking once in a while. I guess I could make my husband cook, but I have doubts whether the family would survive that ;)
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Published 3 days ago by JULIE MAJOR
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the fact that his way of cooking is clean ...
I like the fact that his way of cooking is clean and cuts down the saturated fat and sugar and sauces that you'll find in most take away.
Published 5 days ago by sorin696
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. Excellent, recipies very easy to follow and more importantly, they are delicious.
Published 7 days ago by Ian Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great purchase to accompany the TV series .
Published 11 days ago by DERYN
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Published 15 days ago by Serendipity
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great value and fast delivery
Published 15 days ago by Brenda2812
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Published 26 days ago by Dr James Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Gok is a great communicator and he does this well
Gok is a great communicator and he does this well. A bit narcissistic but the recipes are cleverly chosen and they work.
Published 27 days ago by John Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah this is great
Fantastic recipes really love the meals and perfect every time easy to follow I think it is value for money and well illustrated no padding like his other book Gok's Wok which I... Read more
Published 29 days ago by caterer
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to start cooking
Very nice book looks very easy to understand. I have yet to cook from it that from what I have seen I think it will be very easy.
Published 1 month ago by Georgie
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