Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking Chinese
China Moon Cookbook
Bruce, Sandra (Illustrator)
Workman Publishing Company
Published: October 1, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
In this wide-ranging collection of recipes from her famed Chinatown cafe, the doyenne of California Chinese cuisine offers a "private cooking school" for cooks who want to enter the "world of traditional Chinese flavors combined
with exclusively fresh ingredients." Beginning with the "pantry" chapter on basic condiments like five-flavor Oil and China Moon pickled ginger, Tropp ( The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking ) moves throughout the meal, offering signature recipes, like plum
wine chicken salad with sweet mustard sauce, and Hoisin pork buns with ginger and garlic. An entire chapter is devoted to the meat that is "symbolically central to the entire Chinese culture"--pork. Not surprising for a book that is as much a course in
method and culture as a collection of recipes, instructions are detailed and descriptive. True to her hybrid East-West cuisine, Tropp reveals eclecticism in her observations about cooking: In one chapter she praises traditional Chinese seafood cooking
and presentation practices for following "the integrity of the fish"; a few pages later, she muses about that modern American invention, plastic wrap. Stylish illustrations that simultaneously recall a modern upscale restaurant menu and a 1950s Vogue are
also true to the mixed nature of Tropp's cuisine. Author tour.
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The "Julia Child of Chinese cooking" (San Francisco
Chronicle), Barbara Tropp is the chef/owner of one of San Francisco-s most popular restaurants, author of a ?magicalO (Barbara Kafka) first cookbook, and a gifted teacher. She is also the inventor of ?Chinese bistro,O a marriage of home-style Chinese
tastes and techniques with Western ingredients and inspiration, an innovative cuisine that stuffs a wonton with crab and corn and flavors it with green chili sauce, that stir-fries chicken with black beans and basil, that tosses white rice into a salad
with ginger-balsamic dressing.
Casual yet impeccable, and as balanced as yin and yang, these 275 recipes burst with unexpected flavors and combinations: Prawn Sandpot Casserole with Red Curry and Baby Corn; Spicy Tangerine Beef with Glass Noodles;
Pizzetta with Chinese Eggplant, Wild Mushrooms, and Coriander Pesto; Chili-Orange Cold Noodles; Sweet Carrot Soup with Toasted Almonds; Wok-Seared New Potatoes; Crystallized Lemon Tart; and Fresh Ginger Ice Cream.
It-s East meets
Westand#243;dazzlinglyand#243;in ?A truly original culinary mindO (Kirkus) Winner of a 1992 IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club-s HomeStyle Books. 146,000 copies in print.
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