OUT-OF-PRINT 1977 collector's stated first edition, first printing hardcover cookbook - The Key to Chinese Cooking. Has original dust jacket.
The Julia Child of Chinese cookbooks, Irene Kuo is considered a world expert on classic Chinese. On numerous MUST have professional chef lists for anyone cooking Chinese. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Copyright, 1977, stated first edition, probable first printing. ISBN 0394496388. Not ex-library.
Knopf searched energetically for a cookbook that would make Americans as secure and comfortable with Chinese cooking as they are with Julia Child and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Here, at last, is that book. In Irene Kuo we have found a brilliant cook, steeped in family Chinese tradition and world renowned New York restaurateur for over twenty years - The Lichee Tree & The Ginko Tree.
Over 300 authentic recipes; from home cooking to elaborate dishes when you are entertaining and want to impress. Every piece of information you will need about planning, buying, preparing, cooking, timing, serving and menu suggestions is here.
CONTENTS divided into 3 parts:
The Cooking Techniques; The Recipes & Appendix - basic techniques that enable you to succeed with any Chinese dish. Four categories: Cooking in Liquid, Cooking in Oil, Cooking with Wet heat and Cooking with Dry Heat.
Simple and delicious demonstration recipes fix techniques in your mind (and fingers). Kou makes clear the 'Why' as well as the 'How' to. Dishes range from really easy for the beginner cook to recipes that will satisfy any professional chef. Stir frying becomes as easy as making a salad.
Shrimp with Broccoli Flowerets - tastes and looks like the work of a master chef but very simple to make. Luscious squab-honey coated, deep fried, the skin is crisp, the meat satiny. Banquet creations - Rainbow Fish or ultimate super professional - Peking Duck.
Over 125 SUPERB black & white drawings by Carolyn Moy. Several full and duo page black & white plates. Beautiful Irene Kuo frontispiece. Bright red endpapers. Elegant black & white calligraphy drawings by C.C. Kuo. Photos do not fully capture beauty and exquisite detail; wait until you see up close!
Heavy hardcover & DJ, pictorial ivory buckram washable boards, 9"x7", 532pp bright, clean and UNUSED. Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Cover fine/bright/clean-minimal shelf wear.
Pages fine overall/bright/clean-light wear-some buckling. First 2pp ffep red bleed thin line bottom. Few pp light creasing bottom corner. DJ good overall/bright-general shelfwear-some scuffing-fading-creasing-light chipping-edgewear-small bite spine bottom. Interior spine toned-foxing.
Do not pass up this hard-to-find encyclopedic gem; no home or professional kitchen should be without it. Will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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