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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 Wok in America” at MOFAD

I rarely give talks in New York City, but on Tuesday, July 18th I’ll be speaking about “The Wok in America” at the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in Brooklyn, where the exhibition, “Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant” is currently on view. My own family’s wok, circa 1949, is one of the items on display. If you’re familiar with my cookbooks, you might remember that my parents did not use a wok. They stir-fried with a stainless-steel skillet because a round-bottomed wok wouldn’t work on their electric stove. I was reunited with my ancestral wok just a few Read More …

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The Best Gift for a Cook: A Carbon-Steel Wok

‘Tis the season for wokking!  About two weeks ago my friend Kathy Gunst did a radio segment for WBUR’s Here and Now: The 4 Kitchen Gadgets That Should Be On Every Chef’s Holiday Wish List. Kathy asked me to weigh in on my favorite kitchen tool. Well, how could the wok evangelist resist plugging her favorite pan? Tane Chan of WokShop.com tells me that since the segment aired, her staff has been busy packing up woks nonstop! Cartons clutter the entrance of Tane’s tiny store in San Francisco’s Chinatown, with more boxes in the back and in every corner waiting for the daily Read More …

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Uncle Sherman the Wok Master

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 best gift: a Wok

This holiday season if you’re wondering what to give, you can’t go wrong with a wok. At a time when we all want to simplify our lives, this essential tool is ideal for nine different cooking techniques: stir-frying, pan-frying, braising, boiling, poaching, steaming, deep-fat-frying, smoking, and even roasting. Instead of the expensive ten piece cookware set William Sonoma wants you to buy, for under $30, you can purchase a high-quality American-made wok that can do just about everything. When you give a wok you’re giving a piece of culinary tradition. For over 2000 years the wok has been the workhorse Read More …

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