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Cooking Asian

East Meets West

Traditional and Contemporary Asian Recipes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants

by (author) Stephanie Yuen

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Asian, Pacific Rim
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Shortlisted for a TASTE CANADA - Food Writing Award in the Regional/Cultural Cookbooks category.

In February 2010, Conde Nast Traveler magazine declared Metro Vancouver home to the best Chinese food in the world. While foodies flock to the city for dumplings and dim sum, they leave having discovered a wealth of world-class Asian dishes, from sushi to sambar, banh mi to bubble tea.

Almost one in five of Vancouver's two million residents is ethnically Chinese, and the city supports more than four hundred Chinese restaurants. Other Vancouverites bring with them the cuisines of their onetime homes in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam or India.

The first book of its kind, East Meets West is a celebration of the city's Asian food and a mouthwatering compilation of distinctive dishes from its most talented -- but often unheralded -- kitchens. Veteran food writer Stephanie Yuen brings together a collection of recipes showcasing both traditional Asian foods made with fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest Coast and modern classics inspired by Asian flavours and techniques.

With an introduction to the history of Asian food in Vancouver, and profiles of the city's most exciting eateries -- many of them hidden gems, elusive to the uninitiated -- East Meets West is a delicious glimpse into one of the most complex and fascinating culinary landscapes in the world.

About the author

Stephanie Yuen was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Vancouver for more than thirty years. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English and worked as a journalist for Sing Tao, the Vancouver Chinese newspaper, before developing a career as a freelance food journalist. She now writes for Edible BC, EAT, Vancouver Magazine and has her own blog about Asian food: Yuen co-founded the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards and coordinated the visit that led Conde Nast Traveler writer Mark Schatzker to say: "I’ve eaten Chinese food all over North America and in China, and the best I’ve eaten in the world was in Vancouver. Hands down."

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  • Short-listed, TASTE Canada Food Writing Award - Regional Cookbook

Editorial Reviews

.So famous for its vitality and versatility, Vancouver's Asian food and restaurant scene has been labelled world-class and even praised as the best on the planet. To celebrate the distinction, East Meets West by food writer Stephanie Yuen, takes readers on a tour of the city's most exciting eateries and shops, many of them hidden gems and elusive to the uninitiated..

The Province

.Stephanie Yuen's first-of-its-kind cookbook comprises a wide array of Asian recipes represented by a sampling of the many Asian restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia...The recipes provided by the renown restaurant chefs break down the complexity of Asian flavors into simple techniques that both beginner and experienced home chefs will enjoy exploring..

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