The lower Yangtze region, or Jiangnan, with its modern capital Shanghai, has been known since ancient times as a “land of fish and rice.” For centuries, local cooks have harvested the bounty of its lakes, rivers, fields, and mountains to create a cuisine renowned for its delicacy and beauty. In Land of Fish and Rice, Fuchsia Dunlop draws on years of study and exploration to present the recipes, techniques, and ingredients of the Jiangnan kitchen. You will be inspired to try classic dishes such as Beggar’s Chicken and sumptuous Dongpo Pork, as well as fresh, simple recipes such as Clear-Steamed Sea Bass and Fresh Soybeans with Pickled Greens. Evocatively written and featuring stunning recipe photography, this is an important new work celebrating one of China’s most fascinating culinary regions.
“Through gifted storytelling and stunning photographs, Fuchsia Dunlop highlights a rich tradition of seasonality and sustainability. Her simple and delicious flavors from the southern Yangtze inspire me and surely will inspire a new generation of cooks.” – Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant and author of The Art of Simple Food
“In Land of Fish and Rice Fuchsia Dunlop introduces us to the little-known region south of the Yangtze River, its long and deep influence on Chinese gastronomy, and its surprisingly subtle, refreshing flavors. Land of Fish and Rice is authoritative and absorbing, full of insight, enticing recipes, and infectious delight in the pleasures of the table.” – Harold McGee, James Beard Award-Winning author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
“Fuchsia Dunlop’s homage to Jiangnan cooking is destined to be a classic. She takes us on a rare insider’s culinary odyssey through the Lower Yangtze region sharing its rich culinary traditions. Unusual specialties like chrysanthemum leaves with pine nuts, Buddhist vegetarian tofu rolls, and fresh clam custard are gathered from years of travel and research. This is a major contribution to our understanding of Chinese cuisine. The exquisite photography is an added bonus.” – Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge and Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen
“This beautiful book spoke to me personally. My parents were from “South of the Yangtze” and just reading the recipes evoked long lost smell and taste memories that brought tears to my eyes. Fuchsia has eloquently but simply captured the rich cuisine of a region unfamiliar to most Westerners.” – Cecilia Chiang, Author, Chef, and Founder of The Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco