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One of the best for Asian dumplings / dim sum
on 31 January 2011
Now I didn't mark this book down because the recipes use lots of ingredients like the one reviewer - that is the nature of this food. If you don't like lots of ingredients buy a book on simple cookery. I gave it 4 rather than 5 because I think it could have offered some more really exceptional dumplings, something not found in restaurants in London, New York of San Francisco, maybe only found in the local restaurants of the country. )if you've been to Asia, Hong Kong for example, when you go to a restaurant you will notice that if you are Western, they will give you a special menu, say English, and you will notice that the Chinese menu on your table seems to have about twice as many items on it (it is really frustrating having to ask an English speaking waitress to translate the Chinese menu line by line, but that is the only way to get to order what the locals are eating and not just their choice of dishes that Western taste would want - this also happens in Chinatown in London).
However, this is one of the best books for Asian dumplings, very detailed. There aren't too many out there, I have 4 or 5 just on dumplings and a number of other Asian cook books that also include some recipes. That said, it includes 68 (or so - may have lost exact count - did not count the basic dough recipes) recipes, most are fairly standard - nothing really unusual, but still good. This book covers a number of countries.
A better book in my opinion if you are just interested in Chinese Dim Sum is the book "Chinese Dim Sum" from the Wei-Chuan cook book series. It offers 88 recipes - in English and Chinese - there is no chit chat from the author, just the straight recipes, with some really exceptional. I give that book 5 stars. Both books are both worth owning.