Stunning photos by award-wining photographer Masano Kawana are just the tip of the wonton in Katie Chin’s newly published Everyday Chinese Cookbook, 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mothers Kitchen. Leeann Chin, Katie’s mother, was a celebrated restauranteur and together they cohosted the PBS cooking series Double Happiness. Katie’s passions for Asian cooking have led to a successful career as a caterer, culinary consultant and writer along with numerous TV appearances, a gig at the White House, and many articles featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, O, the Oprach magazine and Cooking Light.
The visually stunning book highlights not only the mastery of Chin family recipes, but also explains Chinese ingredients, cooking techniques and tools. All the dishes we know and love are present and accounted for with simple, easy to replicate instructions.
The Chinese Chicken Salad, Katie explains, was invented in Los Angeles, and her version on page 56 is as invigorating and enjoyable as any we’ve tried. We will be making this one to impress friends and family for many years to come. It’s a winner and practically effortless to pull together.
The Starters and Dim Sum section is loaded with dumplings, lettuce cups, summer rolls and an assortment of mouth-watering singed meats on a stick. For those like us who adore appetizers, this section is worthy of some serious exploration.
We also received an education on Chinese fusion desserts. If you didn’t know, and we certainly didn’t, five spice powder and chocolate cake make an unbelievably exhilarating pairing. This is our new go to when we want to deliver a unique cake that both surprises and delights.
While Nutella-Raspberry Wontons are as much a treat for the eyes as they are for the tongue.
Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook is just that, a compilation of recipes easy enough for everyday cooking, that is also punctuated with creative inspiration keeping things fresh. Thank you Katie for rekindling childhood favorites and crafting inspired new meldings. It all works beautifully.