The Chinese Cookbook Project IV: From the Best Chinese Restaurant in the World

One of the few cookbooks featuring the cuisine of Hunan province, Henry Chung’s Hunan Style Chinese Cookbook is sadly out of print. In 1974, Tony Hiss, a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, dubbed Henry’s Hunan Restaurant on Kearny Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown, “the best Chinese restaurant in the world.” Thirty-two years later, […]

The Chinese Cookbook Project III: With an Open Mind and an Open Mouth

How to Cook and Eat in Chinese by Buwei Yang Chao One book that is mentioned as being a seminal Chinese cookbook written in English is Buwei Yang Chao’s How to Cook and Eat in Chinese, first published in 1945. This is with good reason; it is often cited as the first attempt to present […]

The Chinese Cookbook Project II: This Little Book

Surrounded by maneki neko, and shown with a pair of chopsticks in order to give a sense of scale, is Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna’s Chinese-Japanese Cookbook. Earlier in this blog, I wrote about how I acquired a copy of Chinese-Japanese Cookbook by Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna, published by Rand McNally in 1914. What […]

The Chinese Cookbook Project

The beginnings of the Chinese Cookbook Project It all started with my daughter. She wanted to learn to cook Chinese food. And she wanted a wok and a rice cooker of her very own for Generic Winter Holiday. Now, if she lived with me, all of this would be much simpler. She wouldn’t need her […]

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