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Chinese cookbook recommendations?

Nearly forgot - if you have a long, lazy afternoon and really want to stretch yourself, Martin Yan's Chinatown is a great resource. if I have guests I really want to cook for, and they like Chinese food, this is an absolute winner.

Dec 19, 2014
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ASHEVILLE, NC FOOD SCENE

I always thought it was "nekkid."
anyway, Tupelo Honey was, in my experience, good but not great.

we had an absolutely wonderful breakfast at a small place a bit away from the main dining area. It was in a small, converted house off a two lane highway. My wife and I loved it.....and forgot the name. It was a few years back. Wish we could remember it.

Dec 15, 2014
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Chinese cookbook recommendations?

This has been done a few times, so you may benefit from a search. Here is my 2 cents:

1. Shun Lee. Total classic Americanized Chinese food. All the basics, well covered.
2. Blue Eyed Dragon: Australian. More Taiwanese, but excellent. Also wonderful illustrations.
3. Susanna Foo: Fresh Inspiration. Looks lovely, but I never use it
4. Barbara Tropp: Classic. This is your "Julia child" equivalent. Absolutely the book I would go to if I had a question or wanted to nail a recipe. Not very "6 PM on a Thursday," but as god an instruction manual as it gets.Others ont eh board seem to favor Fuschia Dunlop. I prefer Barbara. That being said, you can avoid "China Moon" cookbook, unless you really love sub-recipes.
5. irene Kuo: Very good. Particularly helpful drawings. Someone put a ton of thought into this one.
6. Thousand recipe: Not a terrible book at all. A bit dated, but i used to use it all the time when I was first cooking.
7. Bear and Fish Family: Not sure why this does not get more play here. Very cool, different and actually easy to follow. Written by two Chinese women who are engineers. Their precision combined with invention COMPLETELY pays off.
8. Craig Claiborne Chinese cooking. Stop laughing. A wonderful book. He collaborated with one of the greats on this one, and his ability to explain what and why were invaluable.
9. Jeff Smith.Three ancient cuisines. he has two recipes in here that were really handy: Chinese roast chicken and Chinese roast chicken from an Italian count (which inexplicably uses sesame, honey, soy as sole marinade ingredients). Other than that, it is a really dated book. That being said - I tweaked the Chinese roast chicken recipe many, many years ago and it was the recipe I would make when trying to impress my Taiwanese girlfriend (now wife) and her family. She now refers to it as "The Chicken."
I had less success with Stir Frying at the Skies Edge, Hot Breath of a Wok.

Dec 15, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

This is correct. Same recipes. It seems some importers got the UK/Australia editions instead of the US one.

Dec 13, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Try also -
Soul Cafe (New Zealand, but...sort of Australia-ish). It has a section on "guest chefs" that is kind of interesting.
Neil Perry - Food I love. Very good, but his Asian cookbooks look much better. Rockpool is a nice book, but more for looking than cooking.
Matt Moran: When I get Home or Dinner at Matt's. The only two cookbooks I asked for this holiday.
Another vote for Bill Granger's books. I use "Feed Me Now" and Bill's Everyday Asian often.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

What a wonderful book. It really is a champ. Try the lemon chicken. You won't be disappointed.

Dec 11, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I really enjoy his "appetite" book and the one I have for making fast dinners. I enjoyed reading, but do not use, his "Ripe" book or his kitchen year.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

What is your favorite Bill book? I asked for his new Italian one this holiday. I also asked for two by Matt Moran.

Dec 01, 2014
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Taipei this spring. What's new and great? Also looking for a couple of specifics

Thanks. This is most helpful.

Any suggestions for a "big night out"? I was hoping for a GREAT Chinese (as opposed to Japanese, which most high end places seem to be) place.

Dec 01, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Let me know how that goes. I recall reviews of her cooking saying it is straightforward, but been burned too often on "Chefs Cooking Stuff You Cannot."

Nov 04, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Okay. If you like Bittman but want a more layered eating experience, try his collaboration with Jen George Vongerichten (sic?) - "Simple to Spectacular." They take a simple recipe,a dn then gradually change it from fairly easy to much more complex.
He also did one with chefs from around the world. They make their trademark dish, and then he does a "Minimalist" take on it.

Oct 27, 2014
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Embarrassing gadget you love?

2 actually. Both are from Japan.
One is a simple steel pot that slides into a thermos with a lid. works like a very simple slow cooker. Keeps anything warm, and can even finish cooking a stew.
I also LOVE our cyclone-like convection oven. way nicer than the ones int eh US. Very precise, and watching a chicken roast from pale to mahogany is like awesome time-lapse photography.

Oct 27, 2014
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Cookbook recommendation

Can you define authentic? Are you interested in lungs, blood, ears? I am actually not. If you are, maybe check out some at your local Chinese market? There are quite a few in ours where I am just not interested in, but people interested in that super authentic type.

Oct 25, 2014
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Cookbook recommendation

If I am not mistaken, there is a very new documentary on that collaboration. Check imdb.

Oct 25, 2014
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Cookbook recommendation

The key to Chinese cooking -Eileen Guo
Modern art of Chinese cooking -Tripp
The new classic Chinese cooking -Leung
Shun lee restaurant great. Every classic done right
Martin Yankee.
Martin yan'SChinatown - definitely not for beginners, and it gets into murky "authenticity" territory, but if I eanted a dinner party for my Taiwanese in-laws, I know I could make a dinner they would love
China modern byching-he huang. My wife adores this. Good weeknight Chinese. I am not as big a fan
Blue eyed dragon restaurant cookbook. Australian. Weirdly organized and no index, but fantastic meals to be sure
Susanna foo fresh inspiration. Again... A bit less than"authentic" but very interesting.
Craig claiborne's Chinese cookbook. Older, and haven't used it in years, but as an 18 year old from central Massachusetts, it was a new world of flavor and technique.

Oct 25, 2014
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Taipei this spring. What's new and great? Also looking for a couple of specifics

Should be in Taipei this coming spring. Aside from hitting the usual night markets , and People's Restaurant (if they are still open), looking for some new experiences.
Specifically - where can I get the best, seriously amazing seafood? This would be our "big night out" while we are there. Preferably not in a hotel, but great ambience, etc would be welcome.

Oct 25, 2014
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Cranston, RI: restaurants? Ethnic markets?

Are there any good fish markets nearby? Or would I go to Providence for those?

Sep 03, 2014
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Food scene in Hollis, nh?

Hello
Heard I may be transferred to nh in upcoming months. How are the restaurants, farmers markets, etc up that way?

Aug 30, 2014
Westy in Northern New England

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Incredible as in interesting, or incredible as in "I have made them and they are great"?

Jul 10, 2014
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Dexter-Russell or Forschner/Victorinox Chef's Knife?

I have both, and prefer my sani-safe Dexter.
If you can get one of the forged Dexters (I think they ahve a rosewood handle),. I would think that would be a good bet. They are ALWAYS on sale somewhere.

Jun 24, 2014
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What is the most essential cookbook for your favorite cuisine/s? Who is, say, the Marcella Hazan of Korea? Who's the Diana Kennedy of Lebanon?

Nice idea "Modern English." I like his books very much. I have a few of Simon Hopkinson's work is great reading, but less likely to use it. I do think River Cottage's books are quite good, but yet I never seem to cook from them.

Jun 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I would LOVE a good Cajun / Creole book. My experience has been, though, that most recipes take forever. I have:

1. Mr B's Bistro
2. Metrolpitan Cafe
3. Trout Point

all are beautiful, just not how I cook.

Matt
PS http://www.jackmillers.com/ Is simply he best sauce ever. Their rub is completely underwhelming, but that sauce....good gracious. Wonderful

Jun 02, 2014
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Boneless turkey breasts in a charcoal grill: How long? What temp?

Thanks all. Going for indirect, to a temp of about 155. Anyboday got a great brine recipe to share?

Good Grills for Ocean Air?

Just saw this. Would not have posted.

Good Grills for Ocean Air?

Portable Kitchen. Cast aluminum. Can't go wrong. love mine. Built like little bank vaults.

Boneless turkey breasts in a charcoal grill: How long? What temp?

Determined to make my own cold cuts for weekday lunches. I think I'll start with 2 of those boness turkey breasts (skin on and they come in a sort of net).
My cooker: Portable Kitchen. I'll use lump charcoal and maybe some wood chips.

Matt

Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

It all depends on how they are cooked. Dog sashimi...no, but spit roasted over a charcooal grill.....YUM!

May 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? May 2014 edition! [through May 31]

I saw the book "Rebel Chef" at Tatnuck booksellers in westboro, MA.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rebel-Chef-...

Beautifully photographed. I usually have low expectations when I see a cookbook by a non-cook, but this one looks like it has possibilities.

May 19, 2014
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Best smoker for my needs?

You know what? I figured out I can do pretty well with my portable kitchen (it allows the user to manipulate all 4 vents, has thick aliumminum sides, a grate i can open while cooking).
So far, everything works. I may/may not get a Weber Smoky Mountain, but a little care made the PK Grill work just great.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? May 2014 edition! [through May 31]

In no particular order;

1. Thug Kitchen (pre-order)
2. Homemade Summer - Not sure why, as I have the original homemade and never use it. But wow....what a lovely book
3. Ride or fry
4. Gotta find an Indian slow cooker book

May 05, 2014
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