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Every Grain of Rice isn’t a regional cookbook. It’s an 200+-recipe overview of everyday Chinese cooking, bidding for a place on the weeknight rotation. Does it succeed?
Happy Chinese New Year! The Boston Globe’s food section this week has a number of fun features for our favorite noise-making, confetti-strewn, street-fair holiday. I was called on at the last minute for a Chinese cookbook review, which I was happy to attempt even though I have bemoaned the recent scarcity of Chinese cookbooks. We scrambled to find a book and found Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese, which features British-based Cooking Channel star Ching-He Huang.
Although the book could be more forthcoming in its particulars, for the most part I was happily surprised. These are easy-to-like, simple-to-prepare dishes that seek to entertain more than educate. It’s not necessarily a must-have for your overflowing cookbook shelves, but overall I’d consider it a good value.