Since Cantonese immigrants arrived in California in the 1840s, Americans have been served Egg Foo Young, Chop Suey, Chow Mein and more specialities native to neither China nor the U.S., but beloved all the same. With cooking teacher Diana Kuan’s The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, you’ll learn how to make them at home, without MSG or food coloring, from ingredients readily available in your local supermarket and equipment no more complicated than an oil thermometer. These 80 recipes will allow you to up the crab-to-cream-cheese ratio in Crab Rangoon, turn Egg Drop Soup to a hearty meal by adding meat or vegetables, adjust the heat in Kung Pao Chicken and otherwise tailor highly addictive menu favorites exactly to your liking. Color photos.
Hardcover Book : 208 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc./Random House ( December 11, 2012 )
Item #: 13-635448
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 29.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Though the title of the book is Chinese Takeout, I was disappointed to find Diana Kuan randomly decided that the reader would prefer her own spin on favorites rather than the restaurant versions as the title implies. After reading the rave revues and scanning the table of contents in search of the much beloved Sesame Chicken (which was indeed listed), I bought the book with confidence, sure I was going to receive a book that contained recipes that would be similar to real Chinese takeout. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I turned to the page with the Sesame Chicken only to find out that she dismissed the traditional recipe all together and decided to instead insert her own healthier spin (implying only low brows would prefer the traditional version...."allow me to show you what you REALLY want"....) - the only thing remotely similar to traditional Sesame Chicken was that the recipe did indeed include both chicken and sesame seeds. That was where any of the similarities ended. Had I wanted to purchase a book that contained Diana Kuan's personal favorites I would have done so. Had I known I was buying a book that though it was entitled Chinese Takeout - actually was not, I would have passed - or at least not have been let down by unfulfilled expectations implied by the title. A bit of false advertising for sure. On the flip side, the recipes themselves, all look great. The star rating is based solely on the fact the title does not live up to the promise.
Really love this book! All my favorites plus tons of new recipies that turn out amazing! I use this cookbook a lot!
Great recipes for Chinese favorates. Easy to find spices and ingredients. Have to double recipes because everyone takes seconds and teenage grandson thirds!
Made the Chinese Chicken Salad and Beef with Broccoli for the family this weekend. Both were a hit (even with my 8yo and 10yo boys)! Think both will go into our dinner rotation. Looking forward to making my own Moo Shu Pork :)
This is a great little cookbook, glad I bought it! The first recipe I tried were the Chinese Spareribs for the Superbowl, and the ribs were far better than the game! A little imagination and swapout ingredients,like porkforhrimp,and you can cover a lot of dishes. It was well worth the money.