Even bigger news is that this book was published by the most remarkable bunch of people ever: the folks at McSweeney's in San Francisco in cooperation with Ten Speed Press. (You may order it here as either a book or Kindle version on Amazon.com. And here is a lovely prepublication review.)
The only thing I can say is, I still can't believe it. Here's a bit of what's in-between these two covers...
I am hoping to bring sense and order to the entire spectrum of that ancient country's incredible patchwork of cuisines through a totally innovative way of understanding them.
|... and now Ten Speed, too!|
And so, ALL UNDER HEAVEN not only acts as a guide to the unknown treasures of Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi, and Shandong, but also the vibrant cuisines of the Muslim West, of Tibet and Inner Mongolia, of the ethnic tribes of the Central Highlands, of the former colonies of Hong Kong and Macau, of the islands of Taiwan and Hainan, of the ancient food culture of the Hakka, and everyone in between.
This book shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no such thing as a singular "Chinese food." Because of language and cultural differences, China might like an unintelligible monolith at times, but it is actually home to ethnically diverse people who live in the oldest continuous culture on planet Earth.
|Sample illustration from AUH|
These lands are therefore home to dishes with ancient histories, remarkable stories, and breathtaking legends, all of which lend unique takes on the ingredients and flavors of China. In addition, I will provide context for the more familiar cuisines which have made their way to our shores. This means that people whose parents arrived on these shores from small fishing villages in Guangdong, from the seafaring village of Teochow, and from the vital cities along the Yangtze will all be able to reconnect with their ancestry through food and learn how to cook like Grandma did.
|Yet another sample illustration|
If you liked my "Dim Sum Field Guide" (see the border of these blog pages, and go to this page for the whole enchilada), you should also like this book, because
All technique illustrations here are from ALL UNDER HEAVEN. These are protected by the applicable copyright laws of the United States and may not be duplicated.
ALL UNDER HEAVEN:
RECIPES FROM THE 35 CUISINES OF CHINA
McSweeney's/Ten Speed Press, published August 30, 2016
524 pages, fully illustrated
ISBN-10: 1607749823 ISBN-13: 978-1607749820