Yuji Wakiyas impressive creative talent for serving authentic Chinese recipes and ingredients has revolutionized the perception of that nations cuisine. He has taken food that too often has been seen as a take-out staple steeped in artificial additives and given it layers of delicate, subtle flavor and an elegant touch, resulting in what can only be called haute Chinese.
Wakiyas unique stylecaptured in this book by the breathtaking photos of Masashi Kumacomes from the combination of his deep knowledge of Chinese food and culture and the Japanese aesthetic for an always-stylish, yet refined presentation.
In commentary and supplemental information accompanying each recipe, Wakiya enlightens readers on a wide variety of topics ranging from the medicinal properties of certain ingredients to making stocks and sauces from scratch, reconstituting dried Chinese ingredients, and the importance of using high heat in making tea. He discusses the origins of his signature dishes, based on Shanghai cuisineknown for its use of healthy ingredients such as black vinegaras well as the fascinating history, traditions and culture of the cuisine. Detailed instructions enable accomplished amateur chefs and professionals to prepare the dishes themselves.