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19 September 2008

Favourite Chinese food cookbook? Having spent many many years in a city with a huge Chinese/Chinese-descent population, I got used to being able to get great, reasonably authentic Chinese (especially Szechuan) food pretty easily. Now I miss it. A lot. [More:]I've tried some online recipes and looked at a couple of cookbooks, but nothing grabbed me. I didn't bring my one reliable Chinese cookbook down with me, and now, of course, I can't remember what it was called. Do you have a favourite author/book/website that you'd recommend? (Especially looking for books. I do love a good hard-copy-type cookbook.)

(I'm searching AskMe, too, but would love to hear recommendations from you beloved bunnies.)
*lurks in the darkness, waiting for an answer*
posted by LunaticFringe 19 September | 14:48
The one I settled on when I was looking for a gift (for someone who wanted the same thing) was Classic Chinese Cuisine. It doesn't particularly emphasize Szechuan, though.
posted by Wolfdog 19 September | 15:04
That, my friend, sounds like a bummer. . .
posted by danf 19 September | 15:15
It is, danf. Oh lordy me, it is. I had no idea how spoiled I was. Even on the island, I knew that my next trip to the mainland or Victoria would include at least one visit to a yummy yummy temple of lovely Chinese food. (Don't get me wrong, there is some fine food to be had down here--indeed, I have had some of the best fried and barbequed food of my life since I got here, and one of the best damned meals of any type at a French-style brasserie BOP took me to--but I miss the ethnic variety of Vancouver.)

Wolfdog, that looks like exactly what I'm looking for--thanks! Doesn't have to be focused on Szechuan cuisine, that's just what I ate the most of in Vancouver. Anyone else? Pretty please?
posted by elizard 19 September | 17:04
I had the same dilemma when it came to pizza in Ohio or Miami. But NYC's made up for it.

I may check out that Chinese cookbook myself. Though NYC's not bad there either. The solution: y'all will just have to come up here for a visit.
posted by Pips 19 September | 19:47
I'll have a look around here for some cookbooks. In the meantime, here are 117 recipes to try.
Also, if only those potstickers from Hon's would survive the trip, I'd send ya some. Let me know when you get back to Vancouver, and we'll hit Chinatown and I'll buy and you can go crazy.
(I didn't realise this until I'd looked Hon's up, but the Robson place has a separate kitchen to do vegetarian food. neat. don't go to their website and look at the menu or you'll be as hungry as i am now. agh.)
posted by Zack_Replica 20 September | 11:02
Augh! Hon's, how I miss you, especially your ridiculous array of frozen dim sum for to take home, and your yummy, yummy bbq. Damn you, Zack. Daaaaaaammmmmnnnnnn yooooooouuuuuu!

Oh, wait. Chinatown shopping spree on my return? Thank you, Zack! Thaaaaaannnnnkkkkkk yooooooouuuuu!

And Pips, you know I'm going to take you up on that one day. (I don't know how you lived without pizza. On the island I learned how to make my own, I missed it so bad.)
posted by elizard 20 September | 12:27
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