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Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho, Photographs by Jody Horton

Updated on October 16, 2015

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I was sent Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking by Kian Lam Kho, Photographs by Jody Horton for free from Blogging for Books in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking by Kian Lam Kho, Photographs by Jody Horton.

Kian Lam Kho

Kian Lam Kho is the author if this book he is also a:

  • a private chef
  • food writer
  • teacher
  • food consultant specializing in Chinese cuisine.

Kian Lam Kho created the home cooking blog Red Cook. Kian Lam Kho was one of the co-author's of Knack Chinese Cooking: A Step-by-step Guide to Authentic Favorites Made Easy.Kian Lam Kho currently lives in New York City where he teaches Chinese cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education and at the Brooklyn Kitchen.

Review

As I wrote at the top in the disclaimer "I was sent Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking by Kian Lam Kho, Photographs by Jody Horton for free from Blogging for Books in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking by Kian Lam Kho, Photographs by Jody Horton."

I was very surprised by Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho I expected the book to be like every other cook book I ever ever read. However Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho was in fact very different the book does not just have a bunch of recipes packed together with some pretty pictures. Instead it has enticing photographs that make you wish the dish was with in range of your mouth. The recipes themselves are well organized with ingredient lists and direction. The real shocker was the background information on the different types of cooking and the cooking styles. The book has history on each style and useful information for the cook to know. This information is both helpful and overwhelming. The information has to be waded through to find the desired recipes which is somewhat hard to do as the recipes are hidden through out the information. Luckily the book comes with a built in book mark so if you find the recipe you want to use for lunch or dinner you can mark your place nice and easy.

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho is a great book for anyone interested in Asian style cooking. However this would not be a good book for someone looking to dabble in Asian cooking as it provides an in-depth look at the culture and cooking style that could be way too overwhelming for a dabbler (like me). I personally found the recipes interesting, if a bit complex, but the history was just way too much for me. Make no mistake it was all interesting and useful information, but I am a hobby chef at absolute best.

Jody Horton

Jody Horton is a food photographer who has photographed for many food books including, but not limited to:

  • Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking
  • One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two
  • Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland
  • Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish
  • Neiman Marcus Cooks: Recipes for Beloved Classics and Updated Favorites
  • Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High On the Hog
  • Step It Up Knits: Take Your Skills to the Next Level with 25 Quick and Stylish Projects
  • New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland Brown Sugar Kitchen
  • Remington Camp Cooking by Charlie Palmer
  • Recipes for Beloved Classics and Updated Favorites Neiman Marcus Cooks

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