MARTIN YAN'S CHINATOWN COOKING: 200 Traditional Recipes from Chinatowns Around the World

Martin Yan, Author, Julia Child, Introduction by , intro. by Julia Child. Morrow $34.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-06-008475-2

Taking the reader on a tour of the world's great Chinatowns, Yan (Martin Yan's Asian Favorites) intersperses the recipes with short histories and photos. He visits 11 Chinatowns in seven countries—including the five Chinatowns of Toronto, New York's 350,000-person Chinatown, and the old Chinatown of Melbourne—and intersperses panels on traditions and philosophies with discussions of the locales and recipes. The detailed and well-explained recipes are sandwiched between a full section on Equipment and Techniques and the Chinese Pantry, and are divided into chapters from Dim Sum, through Seafood and Poultry to Desserts. Yan often draws on inspiration from other well-known chefs such as Sam Choy, who provides several recipes, including the simple and flavorful Lu'au Stew. While some recipes are classics, such as Broccoli Beef and Kung Pao Chicken, others blend traditional dishes with local ingredients for true Asian fusion cooking (Macau's Minchee Minced Pork, is Portuguese-inspired). Helpfully, Yan also adds sidebars containing tips such as "Cracking Crabs" and "Toasting," and makes suggestions for combining "Chinese Food and Wine." The resulting book—glossy and attractively laid out with 200 full-color photos—is as beautiful to look at as it is instructional to the cook. (Nov.)

Forecast:With Child's support as well as the exposure through Yan's new PBS series, this book should be well promoted and well received.

Reviewed on: 11/04/2002
Release date: 10/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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