The Woks of Life: Recipes To Know and Love from a Chinese American Family

Clarkson Potter. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593233894. $35. COOKING
From the family behind The Woks of Life blog, this cookbook builds on their passion for food and Sarah Leung’s original desire to capture history, home, and flavor by documenting her parents’ cook-by-feel recipes, uniting generations and preserving the memory and experience of Chinese cooking. Covering a range of recipes from Cantonese to American Chinese, and regional Chinese dishes inspired by travel and research, the cookbook features 100 recipes for every “wok” of life, as well as a primer on essential tools for Chinese cooking, pantry items, techniques, and more. The recipes include dim sum, starters, noodles, rice, poultry and eggs; pork, beef, and lamb; fish and shellfish; vegetables and tofu; soups and stocks; sauces; desserts and sweet things. Included are assembly instructions, tips, and handy QR codes to help home cooks master each recipe and connect further to useful blog content.
VERDICT Covering a huge range of dishes and then some, this cookbook will thrill fans of the blog and appeal to cooks of all skill levels, including those looking for a challenge.
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