Book Review - All Under Heaven

All Under Heaven
Recipes From the 35 Cuisines of China
By Carolyn Phillips

A comprehensive, contemporary portrait of China's culinary landscape and the geography and history that has shaped it, with more than 300 recipes. Vaulting from ancient taverns near the Yangtze River to banquet halls in modern Taipei, All Under Heaven is the first cookbook ever to examine all 35 cuisines of China. Drawing on centuries and cooking in China, Carolyn Phillips has written a spirited, symphonic love letter to the flavors and textures of Chinese cuisine. With hundreds of recipes - from simple Fried Green Onion Noodles to Lotus-Wrapped Spicy Rice Crump Pork - written with clear, step-by-step instructions, All Under Heaven serves as both a handbook for the novice and a source of inspiration for for the veteran chief. 

My Thoughts: The first thing I thought when this book arrived to me from was I'd ever seen such a big cookbook. I'm used to them being about 100 pages and just having a few specific recipes. Then the other thing that I wasn't so happy about, the lack of photos in All Under Heaven, just a few sketches. There are so many recipes though that make up for it. Everything has historical context, it's so nice to see where certain dishes came from. The only other issue I have is that some of the ingredients can be hard to find. If you like Hot Bread Kitchen or Tamales Cook Book you'll for sure love All Under Heaven. 

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