Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories, Lorriane Clissold, Skyhorse Publishing
As the Chinese Government is busily renaming restaurant dishes in preparation for the onslaught of foreign visitors at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Lorraine Clissold’s Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories, Skyhorse Publishing, couldn’t come out at a better time.
I have to say, before this book ever landed on my desk I had little ideal of Chinese culinary culture and the daily eating habits of the most populated country in the world.
“It is is about crossing a cultural boundary to discover a different way of thinking about food and diet,” Lorraine writes.
Not just a diet manifesto, this guide to the Chinese way of eating feels more like a chat with an industry insider, Lorriane comes across well read and well informed, offering tips that appear at first common sense, but quickly cause you to reflect on your own eating habits. Her 15 secretes outlined in the book span across any eating culture and she expertly translates Chinese seasonings and dishes into familiar western preparations for those who aren’t quite ready to give up their morning coffee and bagel for congee. Yum!