Sichuan food is one of the great unknown cuisines of the world, famous in Chinese history and legendary for its extraordinary variety and richness. Chinese people say that China is the place for food, but Sichuan is the place for flavour, and local gourmets claim the region boasts 5000 different dishes. This book includes sections on the history of Sichuan cooking, the 23 flavours of Sichuan, the region's culinary culture, the art of cutting, presentation and nutrition, ingredients and methods for a whole range of recipes, from home peasant cooking to banquet dishes of the highest quality. Full of intriguing anecdotes and packed with the most delicious recipes, this book is an absolute must for those interested in this wonderful cuisine.
Fuchsia Dunlop is a cook and food-writer specialising in Chinese cuisine. She was the first Westerner to train as a chef at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, and has spent much of the last two decades exploring China and its food. Her first book, 'Sichuan Cookery' (published in the US as 'Land of Plenty') won the Jeremy Round Award for best first book, and was listed in the top ten of the Observer's '50 Best Cookbooks of All Time'. 'Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province' was shortlisted for two major awards, while 'Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China' won the IACP Jane Grigson Award and the Kate Whiteman Award for writing on food and travel. Her latest book, 'Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking', was published in 2012.
Fuchsia's articles on Chinese cuisine and food culture have appeared in many publications, including The Financial Times, The New Yorker, Gourmet, Saveur, and The Observer.
Fuchsia's favourite Chinese recipe is Fish-Fragrant Aubergines (yu xiang qie zi).
For more information, visit Fuchsia's website, www.fuchsiadunlop.com