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on 22 August 2013
Bought this upon returning form a long trip to China, expecting it to cover all the basic traditional recipes. Though nicely presented, I find there are many gaps, with many of the ubiquitous dishes found across China missing. The 'complete' in the title made me expect a more comprehensive and thorough collection, with fewer simplifications. Though such simplified recipes are great if one does not have access to the more unusual ingredients, it reduces the authenticity I was hoping for. Ken Hom's book written together with Ching He Huang is a much better purchase.
Chinese cuisine not known for desserts/cakes in the West, which is a shame as I found the sweets amazing across the country (e.g. moon cakes). I do wish books on Chinese cooking highlighted this untapped part of the cuisine more!