Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho

From its kitchen ingredients and pantry sections to the history lesson. Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees feels like a textbook from a Chinese cooking class. This is the type of book that I really enjoy. Nice heavy feel, gorgeous photography and thorough instructions. Granted there are some recipes that I would never make, there are quite a few that I would. The only thing missing for me are some of the dishes that are found at our local Chinese restaurants. Possibly they are not authentic and that is why they weren’t included.

This book is broken down into seventeen sections and this time I won’t list all of them out but will cover some of the cooking methods used.

Frying

Stir-frying

Poaching

Braising

Steaming

Soups

Roasting

Pickling

There is alot to learn from this book and I look forward to trying out some of the recipes. A few of the dishes I want to try are the beggars chicken, shrimp fried rice, red-cooked lions head, and general tsos chicken.

I really feel like this is a book that all cooks who have any interest in Chinese cooking should own. I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone, it really is a gorgeous book.

I received this book from the Blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review.

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