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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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The Breath of a Wok

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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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