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China Moon Cookbook

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The "Julia Child of Chinese cooking" (San Francisco Chronicle), Barbara Tropp is the chef/owner of one of San Francisco's most popular restaurants, author of a magical (Barbara Kafka) first cookbook, and a gifted teacher. She is also the inventor of Chinese bistro, a marriage of home-style Chinese tastes and techniques with Western ingredients and inspiration, an innovativ ...more
ebook, 849 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Workman Publishing
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Tony R
Aug 02, 2007 Tony R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julia Covert
I've owned this book for over 10 years and cooked most of the recipes multiple times. Not a stinker in the bunch.

Tropp doesn't only provide recipes but she teaches you how to cook and how to taste.

There are some haters out here who claim that this book is not "authentic" enough. Well, it's not supposed to be authentic. Its recipes are adapted from the dishes served at Tropp's China Moon Cafe--Cal-China "fusion" food. Californian ingredients cooked with Chinese flavors and cooking methods.

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Jill
Aug 01, 2007 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, food, cookbooks
Chef Tropp certainly did have a flair for the Chinese-California fusion! The recipies in this book are all far from ordinary or bland...and as far away from omnipresent pedestrian Chinese take-out joints as one can get. Highly creative and easy-to-follow, albeit somewhat labor-intensive recipies calling for specific home made pantry items-the ingredients for which are all provided for here. However, if you have the time and inclination to infuse oils and vinegars, or the talent and/or daring to ...more
Erik
Feb 09, 2008 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I worked for Barbara Tropp ('BT' as she was known to friends) when China Moon met it's tragic demise. BT was one of the most brilliant people I have ever had the chance to know. China Moon Cookbook provides for a bare bones recipe file of dishes cooked at China Moon Cafe. For the real deal though, seek out BT's omnibus, The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking.
Grandma Ann
Feb 29, 2008 Grandma Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a whim, the only copy at Costco--and it was one of the best whims of my purchasing life. Make your own pickled ginger (the most flavorful ever), and hot chili oils. Excellent ingredient descriptions, even best brand recommendations. Great for anyone who is dairy- or gluten-sensitive, and also for vegetarians. This is FUN cooking, with amazing results.
Wendy
Mar 03, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of California fusion meets Taiwan. Adapt the recipes to kosher, add a bot more spice, and it works well for eat-in. Scrumptious. And a boon to the figure as well.
Karen
Mar 08, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my favorite cookbook. I use it all the time. I have never made a recipe that has disappointed and many have become favorites with friends and family and are requested again and again. It is not a traditional Chinese cookbook, The recipes are Asian /California fusion developed for her restaurant. I have learned more about Chinese ingredients and cooking techniques from this book than from any other in my kitchen. Most recipes use ingredients that must be pre-made, homemade broths, infused ...more
Kay
Apr 10, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Labor intensive recipes but worth the effort. The infused oils are delicious. I would recommend cutting the recipes for these oils in half unless you expect to cook out of this book all the time. Ms Tropp teaches about equipment, techniques, ingredients, tasting, and everything or anything you need to know to make this food. The information is applicable to all Chinese cooking. Not just a good cookbook but a great read. I had the pleasure of going to her restaurant, a completely wonderful and de ...more
Kris
Jul 10, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to buy this cookbook
Lupita
Feb 20, 2012 Lupita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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ok, very meat based and not exactly what I was looking for...
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