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The Breath of a Wok


Last week, I discovered that in July, “The Breath of a Wok” went into its 10th printing! Can you believe it? Simon & Schuster forgot to tell me. As an author it’s gratifying to have a book that continues to sell. And yesterday, there was more good news. The New York Times reported that e-book sales are slipping and print sales are up. Yay for the old-fashioned book! I posted this info on my Facebook page and was heartened to see there were 17 shares. When people ask me whether to get the e-book or print version of my cookbooks I always Read More …

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Stir-Fried Watermelon

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I hate wasting food. Like a good Chinese daughter I eat every grain of rice and I never toss leftovers. But when I discovered cooks in China stir-fry watermelon, even I was surprised. In researching “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge” I interviewed home cook Beverly Low to get her famous recipe for stir-fried fuzzy melon with ginger pork. (Here’s a photo of the fuzzy melon) Just as the interview was ending she said in passing that in the summertime, her relatives in China used watermelon rind in place of fuzzy melon. What??!?!? The idea of cooking watermelon rind sounded so Read More …

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James Beard Best International Cookbook

After such a long break since my last post I do have some very fine news to share. Two weeks ago my book Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge won the James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook Award. I’m still on cloud nine feeling a mixture of disbelief and happiness. I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of congrats and good wishes. The one that floored me the most was reading Marion Nestle’s Food Politics blog and discovering that I was Marion’s sentimental favorite to win. That’s an award in itself. I certainly know how it feels to not win. My first cookbook The Read More …

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