Author(s): Leanne Kitchen
Through the authors' personal travels through China came realisation that what is commonly perceived as "Chinese food" in the Western world, is only part of the story, and thus followed the inspiration to celebrate the lesser known, wonderfully diverse aspects of this ancient culture's cooking. There is a growing global appreciation for regional Chinese fare- but it is mostly unrepresented in Chinese restaurants. Kitchen and Suvalko strove to capture the essence of the simple home cooking and explore the variation in cuisine among the different regions. The result is a comprehensive compendium of dishes, divided into chapters by category, including: cold dishes, soups and hotpots, dumplings, breads and noodles, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts. Readers can delight in fermented foods from Shaoxing, River fish from Jiangxi province, Smoked pork from Hunan, fish dumplings and flat breads from Shandong or bowls of fresh, steaming, soft tofu slathered in chilli and peppercorns from Sichuan villages. With food that is full of flavour, utilizes seasonal produce and is simple to prepare, and beautiful photographs shot on location, A Taste of China will challenge everything you thought you knew about Chinese cooking!
Leanne Kitchen is a chef, writer and photographer with a long career in food media. She spent seven years working as a food and features editor for magazines such as: Travel and Leisure, Vogue Entertaining and Travel, Australian Gourmet Travel, and over a decade freelancing for other top Australian and New Zealand publications. Her articles, recipes and photographs have appeared in Belle, Home Beautiful, Qantas, Kia Ora, Wine Selector, Masterchef magazine and SBS Feast, and she regularly contributes online content for www.smartmouthonline.com. Leanne has collaborated with countless chefs and authors on cookbooks, as food editor, recipe writer and, most recently, as the author of her own illustrated cookbook Turkey, Recipes And Tales From The Road. She has been travelling to China regularly, writing travel articles and photographing, since 1996. Antony Suvalko's background is steeped in cooking and working with food. He has owned and operated a successful catering company, worked with Illy Cafe to develop their Pacific market, and, in '09 launched his own website, www.foodie.co.nz great success. He followed up with www. smartmouthonline.com, which produces smartphone apps on food destinations. Antony loves China and considers the cuisine unmatched in variation and sustainability. Antony says 'if I can cook this cuisine then so can you'.