The rich culinary tradition of China is largely inspired by a calendar year filled with joyous occasions for eating, drinking and making merry. Food, fittingly enough, plays a leading role in everything from festivals to reunions and weddings to anniversaries. The combination of flavors and symbols, such as wealth, happiness, luck, and prosperity, involved in many of these dishes are a spiritual celebration and an earthly pleasure.
In Chinese Feasts & Festivals, author S.C. Moey assembles facts and fancies along with a collection of festival specialties that every Chinese food lover will read and enjoy. Full of delicate, subtly-rendered illustrations, this exquisite and yet functional cookbook will inspire you to cook up a feast no matter what the occasion.
I love the fact that the book is not simply a cookbook - it's filled with beautiful illustrations, and information about the Chinese history as well as ancestry traditions. It doesn't hurt that it has some easy to follow recipes as well. I like the author's writing voice, it's eloquent but not overly friendly, and it creates a nice distance to readers.
I even plan to carry out some experiments with the recipe :-)