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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed to be honest...., 19 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure: 100 recipes from our journey (Hardcover)
Having watched the thoroughly fascinating and atmospheric TV series and having been a long time fan of lovely Ken Hom, I eagerly awaited delivery of this book - a bit of a letdown unfortunately. The recipes are largely 'unexciting', the book captures nothing of the TV series (it's weirdly sterile, to be frank) and, as a previous reviewer said, it'll probably RIP on my bookshelf - what a shame, as I've so many of Ken Hom's books which have been tried and trusted and enjoyed over the years, plus I've enjoyed discovering Ching-He's TV progs of late. Would love to have been able to give this 5 stars!
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2012 13:48:58 BDT
G says:
Is there a Ken Hom book you would recommend in particular?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2012 13:33:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2012 13:34:31 GMT
Wai M. Yau says:
Ruby

It all depends what you are looking for.

If you are looking for simple Chinese style meals for home cooking and want Ken Hom, try Ken Hom's Complete Chinese Cookbook (2011) or Chinese Cookery (2009). Both of these are ideal for home cooking, the latter being more instructional.

If you want a Ching book and you are a novice, try Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes.

If you are looking to replicate takeaway food, Deh-Ta Hsiung's Chinese Cookery Secrets is a gem, don't be put off by its cheap price. For a complete replication, try Rhonda Lauret Parkinson's The Everything : Chinese Cookbook.

The best one for Western palates those is Bee Yinn Low's Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao, it's a great all rounder.

For authenticity, try Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, Grace Young's Breath of a Wok, or Yan Kit's Classic Chinese Cookbook.

For home cooking Chinese style - Grace Young's The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen.
For China style cooking and vegetarians, try Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice.

I hope that covers all bases.
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