The Chinese Kitchen Garden
Author: Wendy Kiang-Spray
Publisher: Timber: 2017
"A delightful and approachable guide to Chinese kitchen gardening."--Fuchsia Dunlop, author of Land of Plenty and Land of Fish and Rice
The Chinese Kitchen Garden artfully blends the story of Wendy Kiang Spray's cultural heritage with growing information for 38 Chinese vegetables and 25 traditional recipes. Organized by season, you'll learn what to grow in spring, what to cook in winter, and everything in between. You'll find complete growing information for vegetables you may not have considered growing, including lotus root, bamboo shoots, tatsoi, and luffa gourd. The 25 simple, yet delicious recipes--for congee, dumplings, stir fry, and more--beautifully highlight the flavors of the vegetables.
About the Author
Wendy Kiang-Spray's articles about gardening and food have appeared in national, local, and web publications. Besides being a passionate gardener, she is a high school counselor, garden speaker, and volunteer with the D.C. Master Gardeners. Wendy blogs at greenishthumb.net.
"Wendy Kiang-Spray brings together clear instructions, enticing recipes, and touching family tales in this delightful and approachable guide to Chinese kitchen gardening. Divided into seasonal sections, the book includes well-known Asian vegetables such as Napa cabbage and garlic chives, as well as less familiar treats like Malabar spinach and stem lettuce. This book made me long for a Chinese vegetable garden of my own!" --Fuchsia Dunlop, author of Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking and Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China
"The Chinese Kitchen Garden is not just about gardening or Chinese vegetables. Rather, this is a book about food and family, how food brings family together, how food can define a culture, a heritage, a sense of self, even a bridge to one's heritage. Kiang-Spray weaves together memories of her childhood, stories of her parents' lives, and reports of her own daughters' shenanigans, welcoming us into her world, at once Chinese and American. . . . The Chinese Kitchen Garden is that rarest of non-fiction books: a reference built for pleasure reading." --Andrew Weidman, blogger on GRIT
"The Chinese Kitchen Garden is Wendy Kiang-Spray's family story--a daughter's tribute, really--told through the lens of gardening and cooking. It's also a superb guide, packed with tips and insights for growing Asian vegetables, including water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, lotus root and winter melon. An added bonus are some of her family's favorite recipes. Beautiful photos of both Kiang-Spray's and her father's vegetable gardens will inspire cooks and growers alike that cultivating a garden--small or large--is a labor of love that bestows immeasurable rewards." --Grace Young, James Beard Award-winning author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge