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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,833 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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217 of 222 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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97 of 104 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic recipies 31 July 2012
By sushi
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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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111 of 125 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reservations 18 Jun 2012
I am half Chinese (like Gok himself) and have been eating and cooking Chinese food for a very long time. I did buy this book and I have tried out several recipes. I don't want to seem too negative but I would warn against a couple of things.
1. Gok is very keen to remind us that his recipes are healthy, but he seems not to realise that the amount of salt he uses could be leathal! I made his 'Braised Beef Short Rib' the other day and found that 250ml of light soy sauce was way too much. If we look at his 'Choi Sum in Oyster Sauce', he uses oyster sauce, light soy sauce and then fish sauce as well... and then reduces them slightly to make them even saltier! (Most restaurants just pour on oyster sauce by itself which is already salty enough. I always dilute with water.) So when talking about healthy food, it's not only dress sizes we should be thinking about. High blood pressure can kill you.
2. His recipes are not always authentic Chinese. Sometimes I would even call them 'fusion'. For example, fish sauce comes from South-east Asian cuisine and is unheard of in regular Chinese kitchens. I have nothing against it as I love Thai food as well, but he should have said. For his 'Chicken and Leek' potsticker dumplings, firstly, that combination is not traditional, and secondly, he uses runny honey in the dipping sauce! The traditional dipping sauce is soy with vinegar. (My mother comes from Beijing where it is sometimes vinegar alone; I believe the Cantonese prefer soy, but not honey.) Furthermore, his technique of actually wrapping the dumplings is rather strange... more like ravioli than real jiao zhe.
But otherwise it's a fun book and tv series, and if it gets more people involved with Chinese cuisine then that's great. It's a good starter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delicious!!
Was undecided whether to buy this, very glad I did. I've tried several recipes including the won ton soup (hug in a bowl) and I'm absolutely delighted with it, can't praise it... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So Far Everything has been Mega Tasty
had the Hot and Sour soup last night, it was so easy and tasty - really really good.
have tried a few other dishes and have all been 'wow/easy/same again please'
pretty... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Tangledude
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, healthy and quick recipes
This book comes out repeatedly when I'm looking for inspiration. Also the recipes give you all the flavour without the fat and calories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS ANNE SHACKLEY
2.0 out of 5 stars nice book
book for us was disappointing as very basic ideas
nice detail book just not for us.
thank you gok wan
Published 1 month ago by mrs preen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I was a bit disappointed with the amount of recipes in this book, however, the ones i did try were lovely. Have since got his latest book which is much better and has more recipes.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. L. Ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, simple, Tasty
The title says it all, the meals are quick to cook, simple and VERY tasty so much so that in the 2 years we've had this book we have not been back to a chinesse take away and never... Read more
Published 1 month ago by paul johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook book
Lived up to expectations. Very nicely laid out and easy to follow with good illustrations. also liked the way it was indexed
Published 1 month ago by Helen P Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Gok Cooks Chinese
The book appears to be interesting. I have not cooked anything from it yet, but it looks more in interesting than other chinese cook books.
Published 2 months ago by Carole Scollard
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good recipes
This is a good book, a good selection of recipes, including your favourite takeaways. You will get the maximum from his recipes if you sop in a Asian supermarket, luckily I live... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barrie Stirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything I have made has turned out good so far
My daughter bought me this for Christmas. I have made three things so far and all turned out good. There are lots of other recipes that look really tasty and I am looking forward... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Aygin
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