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In Cantonese, "dim sum" means "touch the heart," and Ellen Blonder's charming celebration of China's famed tea lunch does just that. More than sixty carefully crafted, authentic recipes, each illustrated with Ellen's exquisite watercolor paintings, put the key to re-creating these delectable morsels in every cook's hand. Anyone who has enjoyed the pleasures of a dim sum me In Cantonese, "dim sum" means "touch the heart," and Ellen Blonder's charming celebration of China's famed tea lunch does just that. More than sixty carefully crafted, authentic recipes, each illustrated with Ellen's exquisite watercolor paintings, put the key to re-creating these delectable morsels in every cook's hand. Anyone who has enjoyed the pleasures of a dim sum meal has inevitably wondered what it would be like to create these treats at home. The answer, surprisingly, is that most are quite simple to make. From dumplings to pastries, Dim Sum is filled with simple, foolproof recipes, complete with clear step-by-step illustrations to explain the art of forming, filling, and folding dumpling wrappers and more. Ellen Blonder offers her favorite versions of traditional Pork and Shrimp Siu Mai, Turnip Cake, and Shrimp Ha Gow, each bite vibrantly flavored, plus recipes for hearty sticky rice dishes, refreshing saut�ed greens, tender baked or steamed buns, and a variety of pastries and desserts--all the ingredients required for an authentic, restaurant-style dim sum feast. Practical advice on designing a tea lunch menu and making dim sum ahead of time round out this irresistible collection. Lovingly created from years of tasting, refining, and seeking out the best dim sum recipes from San Francisco to Hong Kong, Dim Sum is a gem that any student of Chinese cooking will treasure.


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In Cantonese, "dim sum" means "touch the heart," and Ellen Blonder's charming celebration of China's famed tea lunch does just that. More than sixty carefully crafted, authentic recipes, each illustrated with Ellen's exquisite watercolor paintings, put the key to re-creating these delectable morsels in every cook's hand. Anyone who has enjoyed the pleasures of a dim sum me In Cantonese, "dim sum" means "touch the heart," and Ellen Blonder's charming celebration of China's famed tea lunch does just that. More than sixty carefully crafted, authentic recipes, each illustrated with Ellen's exquisite watercolor paintings, put the key to re-creating these delectable morsels in every cook's hand. Anyone who has enjoyed the pleasures of a dim sum meal has inevitably wondered what it would be like to create these treats at home. The answer, surprisingly, is that most are quite simple to make. From dumplings to pastries, Dim Sum is filled with simple, foolproof recipes, complete with clear step-by-step illustrations to explain the art of forming, filling, and folding dumpling wrappers and more. Ellen Blonder offers her favorite versions of traditional Pork and Shrimp Siu Mai, Turnip Cake, and Shrimp Ha Gow, each bite vibrantly flavored, plus recipes for hearty sticky rice dishes, refreshing saut�ed greens, tender baked or steamed buns, and a variety of pastries and desserts--all the ingredients required for an authentic, restaurant-style dim sum feast. Practical advice on designing a tea lunch menu and making dim sum ahead of time round out this irresistible collection. Lovingly created from years of tasting, refining, and seeking out the best dim sum recipes from San Francisco to Hong Kong, Dim Sum is a gem that any student of Chinese cooking will treasure.

30 review for Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch: A Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    For those who enjoy dim sum and wish to make their oqn, this is a useful tools. It is filled with recioes including construction techniques for variou types of dim sum. There are some nice drawings throughout that help explain the art of dim sum.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Ellen Leong Blonder, Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch (Clarkson Potter, 2002) So we need another dim sum cookbook? Yeah, I think we do, if only because Ellen Leong Blonder does something completely different with this one. You're used to cookbooks with mouthwatering pictures of the food therein (pictures which, of course, your dishes will never look like). Blonder just takes away the pictorial-realism layer of the artificiality and substitutes really, really detailed watercolors. Ironically, Ellen Leong Blonder, Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch (Clarkson Potter, 2002) So we need another dim sum cookbook? Yeah, I think we do, if only because Ellen Leong Blonder does something completely different with this one. You're used to cookbooks with mouthwatering pictures of the food therein (pictures which, of course, your dishes will never look like). Blonder just takes away the pictorial-realism layer of the artificiality and substitutes really, really detailed watercolors. Ironically, the paintings look a lot more like food you could actually make in your home kitchen; there are no fancy backdrops, no hundred-dollar table settings, there's just food on a plate (and Blonder reserves her detail for the food; the plate could be anything). The watercolors alone are reason enough to buy this, but when you do, you will magically gain the ability to make your own steamed dumplings. Well, okay, it's not magic. I've made steamed dumplings before, and I'll tell you, it's a boatload of work even if you use store-bought wrappers (Blonder, of course, offers up a dough recipe). But you'll know how to make them, even if the dumpling fairies won't come and make them for you. And there are few things in life better than a good steamed dumpling. (And many of them are also to be found in the pages of this book.) ****

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Wonderful book. Well-written, clear directions, beautiful but not intimidating illustrations, very much for the home cook. Everything I've loved in dim sum restaurants is here, a wide variety of dumplings, steamed buns, stuffed eggplant... Dumplings can be a lot of work, for sure, but as the author points out, they also freeze well, so you can collect an assortment of things that way rather than making yourself crazy trying to do many dishes in a day or two. A very pleasant cookbook for a fantas Wonderful book. Well-written, clear directions, beautiful but not intimidating illustrations, very much for the home cook. Everything I've loved in dim sum restaurants is here, a wide variety of dumplings, steamed buns, stuffed eggplant... Dumplings can be a lot of work, for sure, but as the author points out, they also freeze well, so you can collect an assortment of things that way rather than making yourself crazy trying to do many dishes in a day or two. A very pleasant cookbook for a fantasy read, or for those who enjoy sitting down with a friend to put together some trays of tasty little things to eat now and later. Fun with kids too, it's amazing the creative dumpling shapes that will hold together when cooked.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    Intriguing and delicious sounding. Don't yet have the right equipment to try these myself, but would like to some day. Even if I don't make any myself, I now have a much better idea what to order and what goes into making what I eat out at a restaurant.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Beautiful illustrations, neat layout, like the look and the feel/ "tone" of the book. Recipes sound delicious. Nothing I can eat, not even with adaptation, so I can't really judge the recipes, but they do look great. Some seem a little complicated, and I'm not sure I would go through all of the work to make them even if I could eat them. It's a great book to read just for greater understanding and appreciation of Dim Sum when eaten out in a restaurant. My strategy (used to be) to simply point at Beautiful illustrations, neat layout, like the look and the feel/ "tone" of the book. Recipes sound delicious. Nothing I can eat, not even with adaptation, so I can't really judge the recipes, but they do look great. Some seem a little complicated, and I'm not sure I would go through all of the work to make them even if I could eat them. It's a great book to read just for greater understanding and appreciation of Dim Sum when eaten out in a restaurant. My strategy (used to be) to simply point at whatever looked good on the carts as they rolled by, but now I feel I actually know what the dishes are, what is in them, and how they are prepared. Some nice descriptions and narrative by the author about her own memories of making dim sum with family, and the history and culture around some of the dishes. I enjoyed reading through this book even though I can't personally eat any of the recipes (bummer). It made me hungry!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    Cute and helpful illustrations, but photographs would have been great. I read this book more for the information/methodology/variations than for the sake of trying recipes, so I can't say whether they pass taste testing. Don't be mislead - this is first and foremost a recipe book. I can, however, say that the author is very informative and descriptive about the dishes and ingredients - she uses a great balance of personal input/taste and the objectiveness of a journalist/researcher.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Tierney

    So far I'm very impressed with this book. It explains Dim Sum very well, offers up a multitude of tasty-looking recipes, many accompanied by photos and illustrations. While I doubt I'd ever make my own pastry dough, I will certainly try about a half dozen recipes from this book. Having recently completed the culinary mystery DIM SUM DEAD by Jerrilyn Farmer, I've since wanted to learn more about both Dim Sum and mah jongg.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Indira

    Not a bad book at all, but knowing that items such rice paper and wonton wrappers arent readily available here, the thought of preparing these dishes will include a lot more work. That's alright though and its definitely something I'd like to try and there are alternatives in the book so I will definitely be trying this. Plus I love Dim sum so that's a motivation in itself!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    The title sort of explains it. I was sort of infatuated with bento and have always wanted to make some dumplings at home. Great recipes and lovely watercolors done by the author. I think I might need to buy this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a very approachable book to cooking dim sum with friendly illustrations helping you through the basics, including making your own pastry, to full dishes with many different fillings. Only American units of measurement are provided.

  11. 4 out of 5

    May

    I have yet to try any of the recipes in this book but I absolutely adore dim sum and this book fit every criteria I have about goodbooks--clearly laid out ingredients, easy to follow instructions, and mouth-watering color illustrations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kricheff

    Recipes and history on my favorite food experience, including a nice description of the different teas typically available and lovely illustrations of techniques and foods.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Moses

    Informative and with accessible and doable recipes. I copied a folder full of them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I have not tried a recipe yet but my son has marked a dozen of them for me. The illustrations alone captured me immediately.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    The "homecooking" recipes are easy to follow. The onion pancakes are a little work, but are well worth it! Try garlic or herb infused oil instead of their suggestion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    This would be my go-to cookbook for re-creating Chinatown's delicious dim sum! Great illustrations by the author (altho I still prefer good photos).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Garbett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Bartscherer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Bishop

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy Fuller

  22. 5 out of 5

    joshua d gilbert

  23. 4 out of 5

    A.L. Walker

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chirag Dadia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ljstubbs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyska

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dnagirl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

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