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Chinese Cooking for Dummies [Paperback]

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Item description for Chinese Cooking for Dummies by Yan...

Offers over one hundred recipes, tips on working with a wok, ideas on healing foods, and techniques for blending Chinese tradition with American innovation.

Publishers Description
Have you ever had a craving for fried dumplings or hot and sour soup at midnight? Ever wonder how your local Chinese takeout makes their food taste so good--and look so easy to make? Still don't know the difference between Sichuan, Cantonese, and Mandarin cooking? Discovering how to cook the Chinese way will leave you steaming, stir-frying, and food-styling like crazy

The indescribably delicious cuisine of a fascinating country can finally be yours. And in "Chinese Cooking For Dummies, " your guide to the wonders and magic of the Chinese kitchen is none other than Martin Yan, host of the award-winning TV show "Yan Can Cook." In no time at all, you'll be up to speed on what cooking tools to use, how to stock your pantry and fridge, and the methods, centuries old, that have made dim sum, Egg Fu Young, Kung Pao Chicken, and fried rice universal favorites. You'll also be able to: Think like a Chinese chef--usin g the Three Tenets of Chinese Cooking Choose and season a wok, select a chef's knife, plus other basic tools of the trade Find the essential ingredients--and ask for them in Chinese with a Chinese language (phonetic) version of black bean sauce, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, bamboo shoots, and more Cook using a variety of methods--including stir frying, steaming, blanching, braising, and deep frying

And with over 100 recipes, arranged conveniently like a Chinese menu, "Chinese Cooking For Dummies" lets you select from any column in the comfort of your own kitchen...which is when the fun really begins. Imagine putting together your ideal meal from the book's rich offering of recipes: Delectable morsels--including Baked Pork Buns, Spring Rolls, Potstickers, Steamed Dumplings, and Shrimp Toast Seafood dishes--including Sweet and Sour Shrimp, and Oysters in Black Bean Sauce Poultry dishes--including Moo Goo Gai Pan, Kung Pao Chicken, and Honey Garlic Chicken Pork, beef, and lamb dishes--including Sichuan Spareribs, Tangerine Beef, and Mongolian Lamb

"Chinese Cooking For Dummies" gives you all of the basics you'll need, letting you experience the rich culinary landscape of China, one delicious dish at a time--and all, without leaving a tip

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.29" Width: 7.41" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 2000
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764552473  
ISBN13  9780764552472  
UPC  785555028876  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mexican Cooking
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger may be "two gringas from the Midwest," but they fell deeply in love with Mexican food when first introduced to it more than 20 years ago. The two chefs became friends in the late '70s while working in the otherwise all-male kitchen of a prestigious French restaurant in Chicago called Le Perroquet. After honing their skills in fine restaurants in France and America, they opened their first restaurant, the highly celebrated City Cafe, in Los Angeles in 1981. These days, they divide their time between their three restaurants, Border Grills in Santa Monica and Las Vegas, and the upscale Ciudad in downtown Los Angeles. They also have authored five previous cookbooks, including Mexican Cooking For Dummies, host the popular Television Food Network series, Too Hot Tamales, and are heard regularly on Southern California radio.

Helene Siegel is the co-author with Mary Sue and Susan of City Cuisine, Mesa Mexicana, Cooking with the Too Hot Tamales, and Mexican Cooking For Dummies. She also is the author of The Ethnic Kitchen series and 32 single subject cookbooks in the best-selling Totally Cookbook series. Her articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Times Syndicate, Fine Cooking, and on the Web at

Italian Cooking
Cesare Casella was born in a small town outside Lucca, Italy. He grew up in and around his family's restaurant, called Il Vipore. As a young chef, he transformed Il Vipore into a world-class establishment, earning a well-deserved Michelin star. Since 1993, Casella has been working as a chef at several leading Italian restaurants in New York. He is the coauthor of Diary of a Tuscan Chef and Italian Cooking For Dummies.

Jack Bishop is the author or coauthor of several books on Italian food, including The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, Pasta e Verdura, Lasagna, and Italian Cooking For Dummies. He is the senior writer for Cook's Illustrated and writes for various national magazines and newspapers. He has studied cooking in Italy.

French Cooking and Greek and Middle Eastern Cooking
Tom Lacalamita (Long Island, New York) is a best-selling author of five appliance-related cookbooks. Nominated for a James Beard cookbook award, Tom is considered a national authority on housewares and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the country. With a passion for food, cooking, and all sorts of kitchen gadgets, Tom is a spokesperson for various food and housewares manufacturers. He is the author of Slow Cookers For Dummies and Pressure Cookers For Dummies.

Indian Cooking
Heather Dismore began her career as a well-traveled, highly productive restaurant manager. She left the industry to devote time to her family and her love of writing. In a publishing career spanning over a decade, her work has impacted some 400 titles. Dismore resides in Naperville, Illinois, with her husband, who is a professional chef, and their two daughters. She is the owner of PageOne Publishing, a freelance Web content development company with a focus on the hospitality industry.

Chinese Cooking
Martin Yan, celebrated host of more than 1,500 cooking shows, highly respected food and restaurant consultant, and certified master chef, enjoys distinction as both teacher and author. His many talents are showcased in over two dozen best-selling cookbooks, including Martin Yan's Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook, Martin Yan's Invitation to Chinese Cooking, and Chinese Cooking For Dummies. Yan is the founder of the Yan Can International Cooking School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yan Can Cook has received national and international recognition, including a 1998 Daytime Emmy Award, a 1996 James Beard Award for Best TV Food Journalism, and a 1994 James Beard Award for Best TV Cooking Show.

Japanese Cooking
Dede Wilson, CCP (Certified Culinary Professional), is a self-taught chef who loves making appetizers and organizing parties. She has worked professionally for more than 17 years as a restaurant chef, bakery owner, caterer, recipe developer, radio talk-show host, and frequent television guest. Dede is also a frequent contributor to Bon Appetit magazine and a contributing editor to Pastry Art and Design magazine and is the food and entertainment expert for Dede has written three other cookbooks, including The Wedding Cake Book (Wiley, 1997), which was nominated for an IACP Julia Child Cookbook Award. She also authored Christmas Cooking For Dummies and Appetizers For Dummies.

Thai Cooking
Joan H. Moravek left the Securities Industry in 1990 and decided to pursue a career in the food service industry. The last 12 years have led her to explore some of the many facets of the culinary profession. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Joan has traveled extensively and continues to educate herself by researching, cooking, and "eating her way" through the cuisines of many countries.

Kristin Eddy is the Food Writer for the Chicago Tribune and also covers Travel and Health stories for the paper. During 17 years as an award-winning writer, Eddy has worked for the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, covering everything from news and health stories to restaurant reviews and the 1996 Olympic Games. As the daughter of a diplomat, Eddy was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived in Aleppo and Damascus, Syria; Istanbul, London, and Paris. She has traveled widely on assignment for the Tribune, reporting food stories from around the U.S. as well as Istanbul, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Jamaica. Eddy has had 14 years of experience in writing about food, developing, testing, and editing recipes for various newspapers.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Chinese Cooking for Dummies?

Good introductory book  Jun 27, 2007

I gave it four stars because I wasn't wild about the recipes, but then all I really know is what I eat in the chinese restaurant.

The information on the proper use of the seasonings and description of the chinese vegetables is very helpful. His directions are very good.

I started using sesame oil and learned that it should be added at the end.

Okay, but get it from the library  Jun 27, 2006
If it's been said before that this book is too "Americanized," that may be true, but I'd suggest that this book doesn't go far enough -- even in that direction. While a "fun" book, the actual recipes themselves do not adequately cover a typical American-Chinese restaurant or takeout-menu; for example, Mongolian Beef and Sesame Chicken (two of the most popular dishes served, among others) are mysteriously and conspicuously missing from the book. The majority of the recipes will probably be unfamiliar. That's too bad, since it seems clearly aimed at someone who would want American takeout style Chinese cuisine. While Yan has a few good ideas here, there are far better books out there with more of what you're looking for.
Big disappointment  Jul 11, 2003
About three years ago I decided to learn authentic Chinese cooking. I purchased several books. This one was the most disappointing. I enjoyed Martin Yan when I saw his TV cooking shows. I had high hopes for this book but was disappointed to say the least. Recipes are very mediocre, a couple downright bad. It appears to me that Martin Yan is not trying to present simply great Chinese food but instead modifying recipes to appeal to what he thinks Western tastes would like.
Great for first-timers, only wish there were more pictures  Jun 18, 2003
Four main things to comment on:

1) You definitely feel Martin Yan's personality in these pages. Great broad yet brief background on regional influences on Chinese cooking.
2) Equally good broad yet brief explanation of basic ingredients and also the prep and cooking techniques.
3) Recipes are pretty easy and you are welcome to buy most of the basic sauces rather than make them from scratch.
4) Only wish there were pictures with each recipe.

On to the details.

On the first point, if you like his PBS shows, you'll enjoy reading this book. It has his wit and its easy to imagine him speaking to you, cleaver in hand. The background info about different regions is brief yet insightful. For example, you will not learn the history of each region, but you will have some insight about the differences between menus at The Canton Cafe versus Larry's Peking Palace.

On the second point, if you're a complete novice to cooking (let alone Chinese cooking), there's enough info about equipment, technique, and ingredients to get you going. He also provides lots of pragmatic advice - substitute ingredients and make-shift cooking supplies when you have limited options.

On the third point, recipes are easy AS LONG AS YOU'RE PATIENT. Unlike some other cuisines, most of this book involves stir frying and that means you MUST have your ingredients prepped before you start throwing things into the wok. There's no time to measure and chop once you start because the "cooking" stage only takes 2-3 minutes :) I found cooking, in general, to be much easier if I have everything premeasured and ready-to-go in little dishes, just like on the TV shows.

On the fourth point, like most "Dummies" books, this one is printed with very few color pictures. And the ones that are provided are bunched together in an insert in the middle of the book - several glossy pages showing finished dishes. Where some areas, such as explanation of techniques, are adequately accompanied by illustrations, I really prefer to have pictures with each recipe. And if not step-by-step, then at least one showing the finished dish. Alas, that is the one area I found lacking.

In summary, great book and more pictures would've made it even better.

Also, one bit of advice - don't expect to get stir-frying right the first few times. It does get a lot easier after a few tries though.

Not authentic enough  Jul 15, 2002
Overall, this book offers a quick overview of Chinese cuisine, specifically one of many provinces, Canton. However, as a Chinese, I have tried many of the recipes in this book and found that the directions were too complicated to follow, especially preparing for the sauces. And after half an hour to 45 minutes of long arduous preparation, I find that the dishes were less than palatable and authentic. I would say if you like Americanized Chinese foods, go right ahead and try it. The Lemon Chicken dish is recommended. However, if you are looking for more authenticity and sophistication, try other ones.

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