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Uncle Sherman the Wok Master

The black and white image is taken by Alan Richardson for "The Breath of a Wok." The color image was taken in 2015 by John Wong

This month, Wok Wednesdays is stir-frying Uncle Sherman’s Home-Style Chicken and Vegetables and Chef Susanna Foo’s Tofu, Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Sun Dried Tomatoes from The Breath of a Wok. The last time I saw Uncle Sherman and Auntie Frances in San Francisco, they were going strong. Uncle Sherman is about to turn 90 and Auntie Frances is 85. Auntie Frances told me recently, “He’s still cooking. We believe it’s important to keep moving and to keep busy. When we were first married, Uncle Sherman would come home from work, go straight into the kitchen, and change the ingredients I had Read More …

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The Art of Stir-Frying #GiveawayCraftsy


As part of our pre-“The Breath of a Wok” warmup, I am giving away my Craftsy “The Art of Stir-Frying“online cooking class (valued at $44.99) to two lucky winners. Nearly 9,000 students have taken my Craftsy class. It currently has 155 five star reviews. If you’ve already taken the class you can give it as a gift. And because it’s online you can enjoy lifetime access to the class. Here are a few reviews: –“Grace Young is a born teacher…which is a rare and wonderful thing. I have purchased about 20 Craftsy cooking and baking classes, but this is the first where Read More …

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Beef and Broccoli


It’s a momentous day for Wok Wednesdays. After 4 1/2 years, we’ve stir-fried our way through over 100 recipes from “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge.” Today is the very last recipe, Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli. Wok Wednesdays began with an invitation from my friend Nancie McDermott for me to come to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to do a book talk at Flyleaf Books. One evening in the spring of 2012, I remember scanning the room at Flyleaf and feeling a little disappointed that there weren’t more people in attendance. That’s when Matt Lardie came up to me and asked if Read More …

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The Breath of a Wok — #Wok Wednesdays #Giveaway

The Breath of a Wok

In 2011, Matt Lardie began Wok Wednesdays with the simple goal of forming a group of stir-fry lovers  to cook our way through “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge.” Today, we have nearly 1900 members and Wok Wednesdays has become a dynamic online wok-stir-fry support group. It’s hard to believe we have only one recipe left to cook in “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge!” On September 21, we will begin cooking our way through “The Breath of a Wok!” We’ll discover how to use the wok not only for stir-frying, but also for pan-frying, braising, steaming, boiling, poaching, deep-fat frying and Read More …

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Mr. Cen’s Hand-Hammered Wok

Here is the photo of the "woks stacked in an iron tower." My favorite detail in this shot is the soccer ball nearly hidden among the woks. photo credit: Alan Richardson

Mr. Cen, the Shanghainese wok artisan whose incredible hand-hammered woks grace the cover of “The Breath of a Wok” is slipping from me. For years I have dreaded this fate. Since 2004, I have sent friends and fans of my books to visit Mr. Cen in Shanghai. Inevitably, the experience would be the highlight of their China trips. Everyone brought home woks and gushed with stories of how extraordinary it was to witness Mr. Cen and his brother fashioning beautiful woks in their primitive little shop. Sometimes a few years passed between visits. With news of each encounter I was Read More …

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    Museum of Chinese in America
    215 Centre St., NYC
    Grace is one of the featured chefs in the exhibit "Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy"

    Elizabeth Street Garden
    New York City
    Stir-Fry Demo
    Sat, Oct 22, 2016: 1PM
    Raindate Oct 23

    92nd Street Y
    Lexington Ave and 92nd St, NYC
    Chow Chop Suey
    Wed, Nov 30, 2016
    Grace will interview author Anne Mendelson

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