All Under Heaven: The many cuisines of China
I bought this book after searching for a resource for Northeastern Chinese cuisine. In a country as large as China with climates that vary wildly, the cuisine of the Chinese is far from homogenous. All Under Heaven is the only cookbook I found which included this oft-overlooked region of Chinese cuisine. In fact, it purports to have recipes from all 35 cuisines of China. Obviously, this is an ambitious project and I am not qualified to speak to how close she comes to properly addressing these cuisines. However, I can say that the husband and my in-laws agree it’s probably the best they’ve seen.
Going through the recipes, my husband repeatedly would stop me, excited to see some dish he remembers (names of the dishes are in both English and Mandarin).
All Under Heaven: Structure of the Book
Phillips divides her book into 5 regions of China. She also includes a section on Fundamentals, where she gives in-depth coverage to basic recipes, techniques, and suggested menus. Any novice to Chinese cooking should start in this section, which is near the end of the book. Continue Reading…