Monday, September 22, 2014

Wanna test some recipes for McSweeney's and me?

This just out from the great minds behind McSweeney's: 

In the spring of 2015, McSweeney’s Insatiables, publisher of the beloved cookbooks Mission Street Food and Toro Bravo, will release its third cookbook, All Under Heaven

Carolyn Phillips’ encyclopedic survey of Chinese food is nearing completion, and we would love your help testing its excellent recipes. 

You’ll get an exclusive preview of a recipe from the book, a coupon for a preorder discount, and you’ll provide us with essential feedback to make sure no errors sneak by us and ruin your next dinner party. We’ll also post your pictures of the process and the finished recipe to this website. To participate enter your email, and we’ll get in touch with simple instructions. Cooks of all experience levels are welcome, and we can accommodate any dietary restrictions.


Vaulting from ancient taverns near the Yangtze River to banquet halls in modern Taipei, All Under Heaven offers a comprehensive, contemporary portrait of China’s culinary landscape and the geography and history that has shaped it. With dozens of recipes and lucid, set-by-step instructions, this is the first cookbook in English to examine all thirty-five cuisines of China. 

Drawing on centuries’ worth of culinary texts, as well as her own years working, eating, and cooking in Taiwan, Carolyn Phillips has written a spirited, symphonic love letter to the flavors and textures she fell in love with over thirty years ago. From simple fried green onion noodles to Lotus-wrapped Spicy Rice Crumb Pork, All Under Heaven serves as both a handbook for the novice and a source of inspiration for the veteran chef.

Featuring illustrations on almost every page and hand-drawn maps of each culinary region, All Under Heaven is an essential reference for anyone interested in the cuisine and culinary history of China. Whether covering street food, banquet dishes, homemade drinks, or sweets, All Under Heaven is the first cookbook to do full justice to the startling diversity and ingenuity of Chinese cuisine.

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All illustrations copyright (c) Carolyn Phillips, 2014
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8 comments:

  1. okay, I signed up, but will need a very simple recipe for a left-handed novice, who is mostly vegan most of the time, and adds back finny seafood about weekly. This is exciting!

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    1. Will do my best. Let us know where we can adjust the recipes to make things work better for you.

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  2. My trusty steamer and wok stand ready!

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    1. I hope that we put them to good work. Thanks so much!

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  3. I signed up but have not heard back from McSweeney's ....

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    1. They haven't started sending things out yet. I will post an update when they do. Thanks!

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