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My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen: 100 Family Recipes and Life Lessons

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's tenth and perhaps most personal Chinese cookbook. In My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen, she shares recipes and stories from the woman who first inspired her culinary experiments. Her reminiscences blend familial, culinary, and cultural details; it is almost as if Grandmom's recipes grow out of this full-flavored stew, rather than existing as sepa...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by HP Books
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planetkimi
My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen is a treasure that relates historical recipes in their cultural context. In this book, Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's autobiography is interwoven with the recpies she recalls from her youth in China.

I'm a pescetarian, so unfortunately I won't be trying a majority of the recipes Ms. Lo records. Despite the self-imposed limits of my particular diet, I greatly enjoyed reading about Lo's culinary inheritance, including the peculiarities of Lo's maternal grandmother's diet. Lo's...more
Kate
Jul 21, 2007 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I've been looking for a cookbook on authentic chinese cooking for a while but have not wanted to just get one of those cookbooks with all the flashy color photography. I was wanting something that was a bit more authentic that could also teach me about how recipes could be used in different meals and the cultural importance of the different dishes. This book provides all that and more. I really enjoy it because it is all old family recipes and old photographs and stories from the family as well....more
Sarah
I feel a little silly putting a cookbook here. I read cookbooks when I am eating at the dining room table, because it just seems terribly appropriate. But you know, its not really reading per se.

But this one is reading. I mean, its a good cookbook. No, scratch that. Its a wonderful cookbook. One of those that you drool over when you are reading, even if you don't like the main ingredient in the recipe.

But its a book about her life, and what she learned while learning how to cook, and what fami...more
Kathleen
Half memoir, half cookbook. The author tells the story of her early cooking lessons and some important holiday specialties that her grandmother always had prepared for her. The book has a number of recipes that I will be trying this week. The one thing that I found kind of distracting throughout the book is the mixed use of pinyin and the earlier romanization system. Some of the transliterated words were instantly recognizable to me, and others were a mystery. It's not really an issue, but I did...more
Lynn Fero
It's a cookbook and it's a story. The writer incorporates her own biography intermixed with the recipes and stories of her grandmother. I couldn't put it down. An interesting window into how a chef is born, as well as the huge transition made by the Chinese people as their country became communist.
Justin
A thoughtful recollection of comforting (though sometimes elaborate) dishes and techniques handed down across generations of Chinese kitchens.

I'll take the recipes for chung yau and ham ji yuk with me for the rest of my life.
Amy
Combination cookbook & memoir, this book was very interesting! Recipes seem easy to do & VERY authentic (if you can find ingredients) book is also peppered with rememberances of the author & her family during years of turmoil in China.
Purlewe
one of my most favorite cookbooks
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