A Spoonful of Ginger : Irresistible Health-Giving Recipes from Asian Kitchens
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A Spoonful of Ginger : Irresistible Health-Giving Recipes from Asian Kitchens

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From Nina Simonds, the best-selling authority on Chinese cooking, here is a groundbreaking cookbook based on the Asian philosophy of food as health-giving. The 200 delectable recipes she offers not only taste superb but also have specific healing properties according to the accumulated wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.

The emphasis is on what's good for you, not bad f...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 20th 1999 by Knopf
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I got this a long time ago from a former co-worker. It had been sitting on her desk for months and no one claimed it. So I said I'd take it. Lucky me!

It took me about 5 years though to actually sit and read this. For me I have never been a lover of Chinese-American food. I find it greasy, bland and most of it tastes the same. At first I was overwhelmed by how little I knew about Chinese food and didn't have the time to delve into it. Once I did though - boy did I ever get a lesson about Chinese...more
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I am a big fan of Nina Simonds; my first cookbook of hers was Asian Noodles. There is something about her cooking style, manner of writing, whatever, that appeals to me. I've created many of her recipes from this book and have not been disappointed in any of them. Some personal favorites: tofu in black bean sauce, udon with shrimp, poached pears, any and all of her soup & vegetable recipes, I could go on. I also enjoyed reading her sections on yin/yang food, the seasonal diet, and holistic m...more
I LOVE this cookbook...the recipes look nearly universally tasty and information on the Asian way of using food for health is gently given in abundance. One of my new favorites!
I haven't hit a bad recipe yet, and furthermore, this book teaches about what foods help with health concerns.
May 20, 2008 Mandy added it
it's a good book...with a definite focus on the medicinal properties of food and herbs in chinese cuisine.
I like how many of the sauces are technically vegetarian.
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