This beautifully illustrated Chinese cookbook features all the most popular feast and festival food along with a wealth information. It is often said that the Chinese live to eat. Happily for them, the rich culinary tradition of China is largely inspired by a calendar year filled with a generous round of joyous occasions-festivals, reunions, weddings and anniversaries-for eating, drinking and making merry. And, of course, for paying homage to the gods and ancestors. Food, fittingly, is a combination of flavors and symbols (wealth, happiness, luck, prosperity), a spiritual celebration and an earthly pleasure. Chinese Feasts & Festivals, S.C. Moey has assembled a number of facts and fancies as well as a collection of festival specialties for the Chinese food lover to read and enjoy or, if the spirit takes flight, cook up a feast that will impress both mortals and ancestors and win the approval of the gods.Authentic Chinese recipes include:
Drunken ChickenSteamed Duck with Bamboo ShootsFive Spice RollsSpicy Sichuanese LambSweet and Sour FishChinese Lettuce Leaf CupsYangzhou Fried RiceSweet Red Bean PancakesSteamed Rice Flour CupcakesNew Years Cakes
"If you have children whom you are interested in getting acquainted with traditional Chinese culture this is a great book for them on a visual level as the illustrations could work just as well for a children's book. My little girl has burrowed her way through the whole cookbook, just looking and exclaiming at the colorful illustrations! The recipes themselves are selected for feast type of Chinese dinners, with special sections on Chinese festival foods for Dragon Boat Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Mid Autumn Festival, Winter Solstice Festival and the Chinese New Year." --The Hong Kong Cookery blog "[...] Chinese Feasts & Festivals, a fantastic book that truly embeds a love and respect of Chinese traditional culture! [hellip;] A great cookbook which introduces authentic Chinese food, not commonly found elsewhere, even those so-called Chinese restaurants in the United States." --YZenith blog "Charming drawings and detailed narrative explain the Chinese holidays and festivals like New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Mooncake Festival, and the Winter Solstice Festival. Specialty foods to accompany the celebrations include recipes for dishes like Spicy Sichuan Lamb, Braised Longevity Noodles, Lotus Seed Mooncakes, and Sweet Red Bean Pancakes." --Edible East Bay magazine "The cover and pastel prints superficially belong to a children's book, yet the contents are anything but--with many authentic holiday recipes we've longed to source." --Globe Trotting Gourmet blog "History, folklore and tradition are side by side with a delightful collection of authentic Chinese dishes." --Sandra's Kitchen Nook blog "Chinese Feasts & Festivals deserves a place on the bookshelf for anyone who appreciates Chinese culture, and, of course, cuisine." --The Star "A stunning book." --Star Tribune
Author and illustrator S.C. Moey is a freelance writer who lives in Penang, Malaysia. A self taught artist and keen cook, she has many years of experience in festive food presentation. She has contributed various food related articles to local journals.