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1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton
by: Mimi Sheraton
New York NY:
Workman Publishing 2014, $24.95, Paperback
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2015 Issue: 22(3) page(s): 37
This book is to dine in and dine out on for years to come. We should all kive that long to use its every page. There are nine hundred and sixty of them written by a knowledgeable foodie who is also a writer, lecturer, former restaurant critic for The New York Times, and a a cookbook author, among other things. She knows her stuff and she explores and shares in its nineteen regions, many in considerable detail. we know of what we speak because the Chinese section encompasses fifty pages in this volume with almost eighty recipes, details hundreds of ingredients, many restaurants and many dishes. It does so in mouth-watering detail. Who else but a cookbook author with valuable nuts and bolts information and outstanding taste buds can share so much information about food.
A chef and restauranteur, namely Jean-Georges Vongerichten, says her opinion is like gold. We say it is like a five-star review of every included item in this book. Plan to read and check out her valuable taste-bud-thinking. The items included will take more than a lifetime as you read and learn something new on every page. The cover recommends you taste Dan Dan Noodles, Huevos Rancheros, Cloudberries, the French Laundry, Frozen Mlky ways, Cioppino, Lamb Vindaloo, Bialys, Anguas, and hundreds more items.
In the Chinese section, we say to try her recommended dishes at Wu Liang Ye, Congee Village, and the other fine Chinese eateries she mentions. Matter of fact, you should try every Chinese food she discusses, the others, too. You might want to check off the foods you have eaten, the places you have tried, and everything else you know about and ate in this most useful tasking guide that belongs on everyone's culinary shelf. Yes, this book is filled with treasures to be tasted and savored, remembered, even retried. It offers all an opportunity to see if our taste buds match those of a consummate culinary professional whose taste buds are five star. Keep us posted on how you are doing; this challenge is not to be missed, so get busy and try it.
This book reviews one thousand foods from cuisines around the globe, Chinese included. There are tastes, ingredients, restaurant, dishes, recipes, too. Read, imagine, then go to see their markets and taste their dinners and dishes.
The mouth-watering descriptions and detailed nuts and bolts information written by one of the world's most celebrated food writers tells toy where to find ingredients, often best recipes for a particular food or dish. On you way, savor them all.
Hew books have one or two Chinese items, but this one has fifty pages devoted to Chinese foods, dishes, its cuisine, even this magazine. Try a food lover's life-long list with more items of this one outstanding culinary and many others than any other compendium we have ever seen. Anthony Bourdain says there are foods "you need to try;" we say "try the Chinese ones first, then read and experience the others. You will be educated and glad you did." Thanks Ms. Sheraton.