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5.0 out of 5 stars
The BEST cookbook I've USED!, 23 Feb 2011
Let me preface this by the fact that I generally know my way around a kitchen and a cookbook for that matter. I can make small adjustments to recipes to account for say a smaller shallot or a larger garlic clove. And I have also eaten an enormously large amount of "Chinese take out". That having been said, I have attempted and FAILED miserably, (don't tell anyone except those unlucky to have sampled these attempts), to cook the simplest Chinese meals (fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, etc.). I had given up until I came across this book while trying to order Thai Street Cooking (another amazing title btw!) and feeling a little overconfident I ordered this book.
I just got through my first meal (Kung-pao chicken and fried rice) and WOW! The book is extremely well laid out, covering all the ingredients that appear in the book with PICTURES in case you wondered what a flowering green cabbage or mushroom called "cloud ears"looked like. The book goes on to succinctly describe preparation techniques with a plethora of pictures and explanations that are extremely easy to follow. The book includes all the recipes that I would have known to ask for including a few that just look delicious and I have never heard of. Each recipe has a finished look picture. (My kung-pao looked the same save for the different style dish!!!!). And as if that were not enough every word/ingredient you don't understand is explained again in the glossary! and Index to help you out.
For me it was as if the shackles have been broken and I can finally start to cook this elusive cuisine. I wish I wasn't full right now, as I am dying to take my chances with a Beef with Oyster sauce. And I am also planning on unhooking my wind chime to make space for drying out a peking duck for this weekend (pg. 198). Yeah! I cant believe it myself but it just seems so easy with this book! Peking DUCK with all the trimmings!
Thank you Yan-Kit so much for this perfect cookbook!