In this unique, user-friendly introduction to one of China's richest cuisines, Dunlop provides glossaries of Sichuan's ingredients and cooking methods, and Chinese characters for and definitions of the 23 flavors at the heart of the Sichuanese culinary canon. Color photos.In this unique, user-friendly introduction to one of China's richest cuisines, Dunlop provides glossaries of Sichuan's ingredients and cooking methods, and Chinese characters for and definitions of the 23 flavors at the heart of the Sichuanese culinary canon. Color photos.Read Less
New. The food of the Sichuan region in southwest China is one of the world's great culinary secrets. Many of us know it for its hot and spicy reputation or a few of its most famous dishes, most notably Kung Pao chicken, but that is only the beginning. Sichuanese cuisine is legendary in China for its sophistication and astounding diversity: local gourmets claim the region boasts 5000 different dishes.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-03-03 Sichuan cuisine, renowned for its spicy notes and hot flavors, is famous in Chinese history and lore for its variety and richness of tastes and layers. Dunlop, who writes about Chinese food and culture for the Economist, has produced a volume that is sure to take its place among the classics of Chinese cuisine. Drawing on her experience as a student at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine in Chengdu, China and on many Chinese sources, she conveys the history and geography that make this cuisine so different from the other regions and so varied-the region boasts 5,000 different dishes. After discussing the tastes and textures that form Chinese cuisine in general, Dunlop describes cooking methods, equipment and the pantry before diving into the recipes. From such traditional dishes as Strange-Flavor Chicken (aka Bang Bang Chicken) to Hot-and-Sour Soup that have made the region famous, to the simple Zucchini Slivers with Garlic to the appealing Spicy Cucumber Salad, she engagingly describes dishes and their context, much in the style of Elizabeth David and Claudia Roden. Ending with sections entitled "The 23 Flavors of Sichuan" and "The 56 Cooking Methods of Sichuan," the book is a pleasure-both to cook from and to read. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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