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Cook Easy! Eat Healthy! Grains - Beans - Fungi

by: Du Shaopeng, compiler

Hong Kong China: Haibin Tushu Gongxi 2003, Hardbound
ISBN: 962-365-998-9

Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Spring Volume: 2004 Issue: 11(1) page(s): 27

This book is one of three compiled by the same author , the series is titled: Cook Easy! Eat Healthy! They are good and interesting, and more than just recipes, and are soft-covered volumes made as are hardbound books, with sewn professional bindings; they will withstand lots of use. The contents bilingual, and this one has forty six recipes.

Every food item has two pages with one or two color photographs of the food item in question, discuss nutritional value, Chinese properties attributed to it, and cautions about when the Chinese recommend not eating this particular food, and other traditional Chinese medicinal information, and two more pages for the recipe, a color photograph of the completed dish, and details about several common cooking practices. The recipes are complete and easy to follow. After the recipes is seasonal information, health conditions, and more.

The health information, written and checked--each by a different Chinese herbalist, is clearly stated and easy to understand. These three books are a wonderful introduction to Chinese food as medicine and are good for those with no or limited Chinese food/medicinal understandings.

Onion and Barbecued Pork Omelette
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Tablespoon thin soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 Tablespoons corn oil
1/4 pound barbecued pork, shredded
1/2 onion, slivered
1 ounce package bean thread noodles, soaked, drained, and cut into three-inch pieces
1. Beat eggs with salt, soy sauce, and pepper.
2. Heat oil and fry pork and onion until onion is soft, then add bean thread noodles and stir-fry for one mintue. Add eggs and cook until they are set, then serve.

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