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The woks of life : recipes to know and love from a Chinese American family

Bill Leung (Author), Judy Leung (Author), Kaitlin Leung (Author, Photographer), Sarah Leung (Author, Photographer), Christine Han (Photographer)
"The family behind the acclaimed blog The Woks of Life shares 100 of their favorite home-cooked and restaurant-style Chinese recipes. While briefly living on different continents, Judy, Bill, Sarah, and Kaitlin Leung created the beloved blog The Woks of Life to document their family's history and traditions through food. Now, in their first cookbook, they present an in-depth and unique approach to the Chinese table with stories and recipes from each family member: heritage dishes from Judy, who was born and raised in Shanghai; restaurant-inspired dishes from Bill, who comes from a long line of chefs and cooked with his father in Chinese restaurants in upstate New York and New Jersey; and trend-driven, easy weeknight and vegetable-forward recipes from their millennial daughters, Kaitlin and Sarah. With four multi-generational voices in one book, the Leungs share a wide range of dishes, from simple and approachable meals like Shortcut Dan Dan Noodles and Sesame Crusted Tofu to celebratory ones like Cantonese Roast Duck and a whole collection of dim sum favorites. Kicking off the book is a wonderfully comprehensive look at how to build your Chinese pantry and fridge, essential tools (including the all-important wok), and the low-down on game-changing Chinese cooking secrets like how to "velvet" meat to make it extra tender and juicy. Woven through these treasured techniques and recipes are never-before-seen family stories from China and their home in New Jersey. Featuring gorgeous full-color photography alongside the recipes, The Woks of Life offers advice and traditions that will deepen your knowledge and empower your culinary growth-whether you're new to Chinese cooking or you already dabble in bean paste and chili oil"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2022
Clarkson Potter/Publishers, New York, 2022
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
9780593233894, 0593233891
Introduction: Meet the family
Dim sum: more tea, please!
Starters: often served cold, but it's just the warm-up
Noodles: a literal lifeline
Rice: we will panic without it
Poultry & eggs: don't you dare waste that bird
Pork, beef & lamb: classics that never get old
Fish & shellfish: getting it right every time
Vegetables & tofu: when you don't miss the meat
Soups & stocks: more than an egg drop in the bucket
Sauces: everything's better with sauce
Desserts & sweet things: a final helping of nostalgia
Building out your Chinese pantry & fridge