Mastering the art of Chinese cooking is no small feat, but with the help of Talking Chinese Dishes, even a beginner-level home cook can whip up favorites like mapo tofu, kungpao chicken and ginger beef like a pro.
Billed as the first book specializing in Chinese culinary arts published for a foreign audience, the 200-page book contains dozens of recipes by the ‘Best Chef of China International Food & Beverage and Catering Fair’ award winner Chef Gan Zhirong, a well-respected food personality who has extensive experience working in top F&B venues around the country. Over past few decades, he has mastered a broad repertoire of Chinese regional cuisines, including Guangdong, Sichuan, Shandong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian. Most recently, Chef Gan became a household name after appearing on several top cooking programs on Chinese television, and serving as a judge on the second season of the popular reality TV series Top Chef (Shenzhen division).
In the first section of the book, Chef Gan starts off with the basic concepts of Chinese cooking, which are especially useful to those who aren’t familiar with making Chinese dishes on their own. From proper dining utensils to the proper ways of seasoning, readers will get the chance to learn (or refresh their memories of) the fundamental concepts that are quintessential to making tasty Chinese dishes.
Subsequent chapters are filled with Chef Gan’s tasty recipes, neatly categorized by the main protein or ingredient: pork, beef, mutton, poultry & meat, seafood & fish, beans, vegetables, mushrooms and sweets. In addition to a list of the ingredients, seasoning and steps for each recipe, the book also lists out the health benefits and who the dishes are most suitable for. Meanwhile, each dish in the book is accompanied by an interactive QR code. Upon scanning, readers can watch a video of Chef Gan talking you through the step-by-step process of each recipe, as if you’re learning directly from the master chef and cooking along with him in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Order a copy of this must-have cookbook on thMart right now for just RMB128.
Plus, we’ve got not one, but two special gifts for our readers! From March 1 to 31, we are giving away a free set of postcards (20 pcs/set) for book purchases over RMB199. Together there are four sets of gorgeous postcards for you to choose from. Just leave a message upon checkout to specify the theme you want. There are four themes in total:
The Story of the Forbidden City
Tibet, Time Paradise
Memory of Chengdu in Photos
Memory of Old Beijing's Hutongs
It gets better! Spend over RMB299 and you'll receive a free beautifully designed 'ancient' notebook. These notebooks feature a selection of poems and lyrics from the Tang and Song Dynasties, translated by the legendary Xu Yuanchong. The bilingual Chinese and English poems are printed alongside classic Chinese paintings, and there's plenty of space in the blank margins for you to take notes and record your personal thoughts.
There are two notebook editions to choose from:
"To See Within One Day All Flowers on the Trees"
"Time and Tide Will Not Wait For a Man Forlorn"
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