Real Food of China

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The Real Food of China is the definitive guide to home-style Chinese cuisine. It is inspired by the authors’ personal travels to China and the realisation that what is commonly perceived as ""Chinese food"" in the Western world, is only part of the story. While there is a growing appreciation of regional Chinese food in larger cities outside China, a lot of authentic regional cuisine still goes uncelebrated in Chinese restaurants around the world. The main purpose of this book is to capture the essence of simple home cooking and the wide variety of food that changes from region to region. Chapters are broken down into food categories including cold dishes, soups and hotpots, dumplings, breads and noodles, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts. Dishes include fermented foods from Shaoxing, smoked pork from Hunan, Hakka food from Meizhou, Muslim street fare from Xi'an, fresh river fish from Jiangxi province, fish dumplings and flat breads cooked over stones from Shandong and bowls of fresh, steaming, soft tofu slathered in chilli and peppercorns from Sichuan villages. Captured with stunning location photography from each of the visited regions as well as beautiful food photography throughout, A Taste of China brings a small glimpse of the gutsy, earthy, everyday side of Chinese cooking to light. Food that is incredibly diverse, simple to prepare, full of flavour, and based on seasonal produce and easily procured dry goods. The Real Food of China will change everything you previously thought about traditional Chinese cuisine.

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28cm x 24cm








Hardie Grant Books


01 October 2014


Leanne Kitchen

Leanne Kitchen is a chef, writer and photographer with a long career in food media. Leanne spent seven years working as a food and features editor for prestigious food and travel magazines 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,


Antony Suvalko

Antony Suvalko's working background demonstrates his passion for food. Restaurants run in his family’s veins, and it was only natural that he followed a similar path. Antony has owned and operated a successful catering company and worked with Illy Cafe to develop their Pacific market. Having embraced digital media Antony launched his own website, in 2009 to great success, followed by, which