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China in your hands

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Hot and Sour Soup. Pic: DL Acken

China: The Cookbook is an  impressive tome by husband and wife Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan. Kei is the son of a former renowned Hong Kong food writer who together with his wife Diora has come up with over 650 recipes from 30 areas of China.

Drawing on their experience of writing Chinese cuisine cookbooks, the Chans have covered famous crowd pleasers to lesser known gems, all doable by the home cook. The recipes are backed up with a cultural history of this vast nation and a handy glossary of ingredients. Here’s what the couple have to say about their magnus opus:

The book itself is a beauty with a “ceramic” effect duck egg blue cover, gold edging and ribbon place marks as well as gorgeous photography.

China: The Cookbook is published by Phaidon. http://uk.phaidon.com/store/food-cook/

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