Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China

Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China Review

WINNER OF THE 2009 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK AWARD

WINNER OF THE 2009 IACP BEST INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK AWARD

A bold and eye-opening new cookbook with magnificent photos and unforgettable stories.

In the West, when we think about food in China, what usually comes to mind are the signature dishes of Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai. But beyond the urbanized eastern third of China lie the high open spaces and sacred places of Tibet, the Silk Road oases of Xinjiang, the steppelands of Inner Mongolia, and the steeply terraced hills of Yunnan and Guizhou. The peoples who live in these regions are culturally distinct, with their own history and their own unique culinary traditions. In Beyond the Great Wall, the inimitable duo of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid—who first met as young travelers in Tibet—bring home the enticing flavors of this other China.

For more than twenty-five years, both separately and together, Duguid and Alford have journeyed all over the outlying regions of China, sampling local home cooking and street food, making friends and taking lustrous photographs. Beyond the Great Wall shares the experience in a rich mosaic of recipes—from Central Asian cumin-scented kebabs and flatbreads to Tibetan stews and Mongolian hot pots—photos, and stories. A must-have for every food lover, and an inspiration for cooks and armchair travelers alike.

Title:Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China
Edition Language:English

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  • Sridhar Reddy

    It is often asserted that Chinese food in the United States tastes better than Chinese food in China. It's a bold statement, considering that many people (myself included) have no concievable idea of ...

  • Belvedere

    'Beyond the Great Wall' is a political commentary masquerading as a cookbook, despite its own claims to it being a cookbook first and foremost. The recipes themselves aren't interesting or accurate ei...

  • Yaaresse

    I'm a little hard on cookbooks, so a lot of them end up with the three star rating. That's not because they aren't good, but sometimes I just know I'll never cook from them or I don't like the formatt...

  • Ubalstecha

    Part travel log, part ethnography, part cookbook, this book is absolutely stunning. The whole work focuses on the other China, the non-Han population. The authors have called this "Beyond the Great Wa...

  • Daveinnova

    Usually a serious fan, but not of this book and I really wanted to be. As usual, the photography and writing are great and the way the authors put the food in a broader context makes for a rewarding r...

  • Pauline

    Jeffrey Alford's cookbooks are beautiful to look at and they have great recipes, but they are not practical for kitchen everyday use."Beyond the Great Wall" is a great book, a travel book and a cookbo...

  • Angela

    I think of this book as a travelogue, a photography book, and a cookbook. While I haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes yet, I have to say that I love this book. The way it is written is evo...

  • Hannah

    This is generating some controversy in cookbook-land because of the release timing--a book about the cuisine of Tibetans and ethnic minorities in China, right before the Beijing Olympics. Like their o...

  • Monty

    I just got this book out of the library today and am impressed with the mix of recipes with information about the non-Han ethnic groups living in China, i.e. the land, the people and the food. I may t...

  • Nancy

    The photos and travel descriptions are excellent, and deliver the real china outside of the tourist norm. Recipes, too, although they're less accessible, given the nature of so many of the ingredients...