Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch

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Clarkson Potter, 2002 - Cooking - 144 pages
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In Cantonese, “dim sum” means “touch the heart,” and Ellen Blonder’s charming celebration of China’s famed tea lunch does just that. More than sixty carefully crafted, authentic recipes, each illustrated with Ellen’s exquisite watercolor paintings, put the key to re-creating these delectable morsels in every cook’s hand.
Anyone who has enjoyed the pleasures of a dim sum meal has inevitably wondered what it would be like to create these treats at home. The answer, surprisingly, is that most are quite simple to make. From dumplings to pastries, Dim Sum is filled with simple, foolproof recipes, complete with clear step-by-step illustrations to explain the art of forming, filling, and folding dumpling wrappers and more. Ellen Blonder offers her favorite versions of traditional Pork and Shrimp Siu Mai, Turnip Cake, and Shrimp Ha Gow, each bite vibrantly flavored, plus recipes for hearty sticky rice dishes, refreshing sautéed greens, tender baked or steamed buns, and a variety of pastries and desserts—all the ingredients required for an authentic, restaurant-style dim sum feast. Practical advice on designing a tea lunch menu and making dim sum ahead of time round out this irresistible collection.

Lovingly created from years of tasting, refining, and seeking out the best dim sum recipes from San Francisco to Hong Kong, Dim Sum is a gem that any student of Chinese cooking will treasure.

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Wonderful book. Well-written, clear directions, beautiful but not intimidating illustrations, very much for the home cook. Everything I've loved in dim sum restaurants is here, a wide variety of ... Read full review

Dim sum: the art of Chinese tea lunch

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Most Chinese cookbooks include some recipes for standard dim sum dishes such as scallion pancakes and potstickers, but as Blonder (Every Grain of Rice) found, there is little devoted solely to ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ellen Leong Blonder is a professional illustrator and designer with numerous licensed product lines. Her first cookbook, Every Grain of Rice, written with her aunt Annabel Low, won the IACP award for best cookbook in the American category. She lives with her husband, Nick, in Mill Valley, California.

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