The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen [EPUB]
13 October 2014, 04:41
2014 | EPUB | 57.67MB
The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, with its 150 recipes culled from a lifetime of family meals and culinary instruction, is much more than a cookbook. It is a daughter's tribute -- a collection of personal memories of the philosophy and superstitions behind culinary traditions that have been passed down through her Cantonese family, in which each ingredient has its own singular importance, the preparation of a meal is part of the joy of life, and the proper creation of a dish can have a favorable influence on health and good fortune. Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life-enhancing and spiritually calming meals. In addition, personal family photographs illustrate these stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution, when Young's family lived in Canton, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
The first part, "Mastering the Fundamentals," provides instruction on the arts of steaming and stir-frying; the preparation of rice, panfried, and braised dishes; the proper selection of produce; and the fine arts of chopping and slicing. Part Two, "The Art of Celebration," concentrates on the more elaborate, complex, and meaningful dishes -- such as Shark's Fin Soup and West Lake Duck -- that are usually made with rare ingredients, and sweets such as Water Chestnut Cake and Sesame Balls. The final part, "Achieving Yin-Yang Harmony," explores the many Chinese beliefs about the healing properties of ginseng, gingko nuts, soybeans, dong quai, and the many vegetable and fruit soup preparations that balance and nourish the body. The stories and recipes combine to demonstrate the range of Cantonese cooking, from rich flavors and honored combinations to an overall appreciation of health, well-being, and prosperity.
In addition to the recipes, Young provides a complete glossary of dried herbs, spices, and fresh produce, accompanied by identifying photos and tips on where to purchase them. Unique traditional dishes, such as Savory Rice Tamales and Shrimp Dumplings, are also illustrated step by step, making the book easy to use. The central full-color photo section captures details of New Year's dishes and the Chinese home decorated in celebration, reminding one that these time-honored traditions live on, and the meals and their creation are connections to the past.
How to Make Chocolate Candies [PDF]
13 October 2014, 04:37
2014 | PDF | 9.0MB
EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Making chocolate candies at home is fun and easy after you've mastered a few simple techniques. Personal chef and cooking instructor Bill Collins reveals the secrets to mouthwatering chocolate treats as he describes techniques for tempering chocolate, working with thickeners, boiling sugar, using piping bags, and shaping and filling molded chocolates. In no time, you'll be turning out chocolate-dipped fruit, creamy fudge, densely satisfying barks, and filled truffles that look like they were made in a high-end candy shop!
Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design [EPUB]
13 October 2014, 04:33
2014 | EPUB | 15.46MB
TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel, co-owners of the catering company Pinch Food Design, are known for their unforgettable party food and one-of-a-kind design sensibility. This book reveals their trade secrets, offering up irresistible recipes for your next cocktail party--paired with DIY projects for presenting food in fun, elegant, and original ways.
Forget about the same old tired dips, mini quiches, and pot stickers. Instead think truffled quail eggs on mini English muffins, skate schnitzel with spaetzle, deconstructed buffalo chicken wings, fennel glazed duck on polenta, salted chocolate cookie with rosemary ice cream sandwiches, banana semifreddo on cocoa rice crunch, and more. With these addictively delicious recipes and advice on how to present food like a pro, Inspired Bites ensures the next gathering you host will be a memorable one.