Fair. Wear on dust jacket Item is intact, but may show shelf wear. Pages may include notes and highlighting. May or may not include supplemental or companion material. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority.
Good+ with no dust jacket. Very minor wear and soil on the sound binding, with two 1" creases on the top of the spine. Very minor edge foxing. Light yellow stains on pages 74-81, 89, and the comment "Excellent" on a recipe on p. 105, first few pages are wavy; remainder of contents are clean, unworn, with a minor top edge wave. Brief note on back flyleaf. No DJ.; Third Printing of the First Edition, March 1980. 9-1/2" Tall, 532pp. Smooth, very light yellow, wipeable binding with numerous b/w photos & drawings on both front and back covers. Black spine lettering. Top edge is colored yellow. COOKBOOK. Numerous small b/w drawings throughout by Carolyn Moy. Calligraphic seals designed by C. C. Kuo. "Basically, Chinese food is brought from the raw to the cooked stage through four mediums: water, oil, wet heat (steam), and dry heat (roasting). From these, the Chinese have developed an elaborate string of cooking techniques, ranging from the familiar procedures of boiling, simmering, stewing, braising, steeping, steaming, deep-frying, roasting, baking, grilling, barbecuing, curing, preserving, smoking, and the cold-stirring of salads to more specifically Chinese methods, such as stir-frying, red-cooking, plan-sticking, slithering, exploding, plunging, purifying, smothering, mating, nestling, capturing, choking, flavor-potting, light-footing, sizzling, rinsing, scorching, drowning, wine-pasting, and intoxicating. Most of these terms apply to techniques only professional cooks need to learn. We will confront them only as they might apply to a specific recipe in this book. The major techniques, however, are the subject of the first part of the book. On the whole, preparing a Chinese meal is leisurely and free from tension. There are slow methods of cooking and many recipes use whole or chunky ingredients. Even seemingly complex dishs are fundamentally carefree, since they are based on simple preparational procedures, which can be done long in advance. The key lies in understanding the basic techniques-how and why they are used, what they will do to food. " Some Contents: Utensils and cutting; Cooking in liquid; Cooking in oil; Cooking with wet heat; Cooking with dry heat. Recipes: Hot Hors 'Oeuvres and cold platters; Soups; Seafood and fish; Poultry and eggs; Meat; Vegetables; rice, noodles and dough stuff; Desserts. Index.
Fair. NO dust jacket. Hard cover with average shelf/handling/edge wear. Clean inside pages. Good binding. Black marking on inside pages. Some tanning (aging) of covers and pages. Still very useable. Good binding.
I have used this book for many years. Even copied the characters (in the back) to my grocery list when I went shopping. The detailed instructions are amazing.
Hint: learn the velveting method for other recipies. Chicken nuggets will melt in your mouth!
Jul 18, 2014
A True Classic
Excellent book. You'll have a hard time finding any unanswered questions about Chinese cooking after reading this book.
Feb 20, 2011
My favorite Chinese cookbook for the past 30 years.
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