|Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: A Manual of Chinese Gastronomy (Suiyuan Shidan 隨園食單) by YUAN Mei
Recipes from the Garden of Contentment is the first complete English edition of one of the world’s most famous books about food. This collection of essays, written over 200 years ago by the Qing dynasty poet and official Yuan Mei 袁枚, serves as an introduction to Chinese culinary philosophy and food preparation as well as a guide to famous dishes such as birds nest and sharks fin. The Berkshire edition offers an enthralling view of Chinese history and culinary culture, and the charm, humor, and erudition of one of China’s greatest writers. 300 pages, 50 illustrations.