I'm very excited that this excellent book is getting its month in the COTM spotlight. It does what few books manage to do: it's a large compendium of recipes that is still a very personal book. You'll find all kinds of interesting information lurking in the headnotes and footnotes. I think we'll be in for a fun month with this one!
ALL UNDER HEAVEN: RECIPES FROM THE 35 CUISINES OF CHINA, by Carolyn Phillips
"A comprehensive, contemporary portrait of China's culinary landscape and the geography and history that has shaped it, with more than 300 recipes. Vaulting from ancient taverns near the Yangtze River to banquet halls in modern Taipei, All Under Heaven is the first cookbook in English to examine all 35 cuisines of China. Drawing on centuries' worth of culinary texts, as well as her own years working, eating, and cooking in Taiwan, Carolyn Phillips has written a spirited, symphonic love letter to the flavors and textures of Chinese cuisine. With hundreds of recipes--from simple Fried Green Onion Noodles to Lotus-Wrapped Spicy Rice Crumb Pork--written with clear, step-by-step instructions, All Under Heaven serves as both a handbook for the novice and a source of inspiration for the veteran chef."
Reporting threads will go up on January 1st. In the meantime, use this thread for your discussion as you prepared to cook from the book.
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