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The Breath of a Wok Video

I’m very proud to present my latest video. It’s a tribute to the wok—an instrument of life force, a vessel of history and tradition, and a trusty companion that helped me survive a tough summer. I’d been thinking about this video for a long time before I finally got to work on it. My concept was that so many people think the wok is just a stir-fry pan, but it’s so much more. While researching my cookbook, The Breath of A Wok, the Chinese culinary legend Florence Lin said to me, “With one wok you can do everything.” I was Read More …

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“The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen” Video

It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since my father passed away. Without Baba, I would not have written “The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen.” Of all my books it is the one dearest to me. When I was a child my parents didn’t think it was important to teach me how to cook. Juggling the demands of a full-time job, by the time my mother came home and started cooking the evening meal, it was with brusque efficiency. The tone of the kitchen was not a relaxed atmosphere that encouraged my participating. Nor would my parents have allowed me Read More …

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Food52.com Genius Recipes

Yesterday, was a double genius day. It started with the cool honor of having one of my recipes from The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen featured on Food52.com’s Genius Recipe! In truth it’s my mom’s delicious Stir-Fried Lettuce. Mama is now too elderly and fragile to cook but this scrumptious dish brings back sentimental food memories. It was so nice Food52 recognized the merits of this simple dish and lavished it with gorgeous images that accompanied Kristen Miglore’s wonderful piece. And before my ego could get too inflated… by the end of the day, I had such severe computer problems 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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