Books

Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure

Ching-He Huang (and others)

Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang have transformed the way we cook and eat Chinese food. In this exciting new cookbook and TV series, they journey through China on a culinary and cultural odyssey to find the old, the new and the unexpected.

China's emergence as one of the world's most influential cultures has ignited our interest in this enigmatic country, but Ken and Ching also have their own quests to explore. They arrive in Beijing to explore the influences of the West on traditional Imperial cuisine and talk to cutting-edge chefs about their take on Peking Duck.

They cook with local families, en route to discover the influence of Buddhism on vegetarian food and whether the Chinese did actually invent tortellini in remote Kashgar before travelling to Sichuan Province, China's gastronomic capital.

But this is more than a culinary journey, this is a homecoming for Ken and Ching, and they make their own pilgrimages to Guangdong and Fujian to discover their personal and culinary roots.

Ching admires Ken's experience and knowledge, while Ken respects Ching's modern influences. Together they bring a unique and authoritative perspective on Chinese food that will surprise and inform.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Easy Chinese Suppers

Ken Hom

A follow-up to Ken Hom's popular stir-fries book, 100 Weeknight Chinese Suppers offers Ken's favourite quick and simple Chinese recipes, perfect for a cosy after-work meal.

From stews and curries to easy stir fries and healthy steamed and braised dishes, there are also some great light bites and easy entertaining recipes.

Ken Hom is the nation's favourite Chinese chef and these recipes will turn you from the take away to the wok.

Complete Chinese Cookbook

Ken Hom

Ken Hom is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on Oriental cuisine, and with the Complete Chinese Cookbook, he has created a seminal collection of his best-loved dishes. With Cantonese stir-fries and spicy Sichuan favourites alongside new discoveries from the lesser-known culinary styles of Yunnan and Hong Kong, this comprehensive collection is filled with accessible and easy recipes, demonstrating the amazing depth of flavour that is only now being fully appreciated in modern Chinese cuisine.

Set to become a kitchen classic, this all-encompassing cookery book guides you through the essential cooking techniques, equipment and ingredients, all with Ken's trusted blend of experience and enthusiasm. Featuring 250 recipes covering all aspects of Chinese food, Ken offers tips and inspiration for a wealth of dishes that use simple, healthy ingredients to create quick and delicious meals.

Over the past 25 years Ken has brought Chinese cookery into mainstream British homes, and in this beautifully photographed cookbook, he brings together all of his expertise to offer the ultimate guide to the flavours of China.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Quick Stir-fry Recipes

Ken Hom

Ken Hom is the nation's favourite Chinese chef and this is his collection of his best 100 stir-fry recipes.

With everything from chicken recipes to vegetarian curries, healthy recipes and food for entertaining friends, modern and traditional, plus appetisers, salads, snacks and side dishes, this cookbook offers an amazing range of tastes, ingredients and styles - all made in the wok.

Chinese Cookery

Ken Hom

Chinese Cookery is Ken Hom's timeless collection of over 150 recipes. These classic dishes have been passed down from generation to generation and follow the Chinese rules of balance to ensure a harmony of colour, texture, aroma and flavour.

Recipes include old favourites such as Cashew Chicken, and Sichuan Prawns in Chilli Sauce as well as new recipes from the kitchens of Hong Kong and Taiwan such as Steamed Salmon with Black Beans and Mango Chicken. Although Ken emphasises the need for authentic ingredients and good cooking technique, these are everyday recipes - simply written and easy-to-follow, and they are all infused with Ken Hom's infectious enthusiasm for the cuisine plus helpful tips for the home cook.

Packed with indispensable information on ingredients, equipment and preparation techniques, Chinese Cookery is beautiful, authentic and clear, and remains one of the most popular and inspirational Chinese cookbooks ever published.

Ken Hom is the world's greatest authority on Oriental cuisine and Chinese Cookery has sold over 1 million copies since it was first published.

Simple Asian Cookery

Ken Hom

In Foolproof Asian Cookery (now available in paperback as Simple Asian Cookery), Ken Hom expands the culinary horizon with the food of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

The increasing popularity of Indian, Chinese and Thai food has led many cooks to explore further afield, and here Ken presents 40 simple, healthy and delicious dishes from the Far East.

The cuisines of these countries are characterized by a variety of flavours and cooking techniques: the fresh, sweet and sour flavours of Indonesia (Hot and Sour Indonesian Prawns); the fragrant curries (Malaysian Fish Curry) and spicy grilled meats of Malaysia; the fast fusion food of Singapore (Fragrant Singapore-style Prawn Curry); and the delicate and aromatic cooking of Vietnam (Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls).

With a menu planner, step-by-step instructions and a guide to essential ingredients and equipment, Foolproof Asian Cookery will tempt cooks everywhere.

Ken Hom's Simple Thai Cookery

Ken Hom

In Simple Thai Cookery (published in hardback as Foolproof Thai Cookery), Ken Hom demystifies this delicious and popular cuisine. He describes the basic techniques needed to recreate authentic Thai food and demonstrates 40 of the most well-known dishes with step-by-step instructions and photographs to accompany every stage from start to finish.

Ken's recipes will appeal to the experienced cook and the novice alike as all are quick and easy to prepare and use readily available ingredients such as lemon grass, ginger and, of course, small Thai chillies. Foolproof instructions will guarantee excellent results every time, from healthy 'Spicy noodle salad' or the comforting 'Coconut chicken soup' to sweet and sour 'Pad thai' or hot and spicy 'Green curry prawns'.

With tried-and-tested recipes that include appetizing soups and starters, quick and easy fish, meat and vegetarian main courses and a variety of delicious accompaniments, this is an essential cookbook for anyone who loves Thai food.

Simple Chinese Cookery

Ken Hom

Chinese food is popular the world over. In Ken Hom's Simple Chinese Cookery (formerly called Foolproof Chinese Cookery), available in paperback as well as hardback, Ken proves that anyone can cook this healthy and delicious cuisine.

Ken demonstrates 40 of the most popular and well-known Chinese dishes with step-by-step instructions and photographs to accompany every stage from start to finish. The recipes (including soups and starters, fish and shellfish, meat and poultry and vegetable accompaniments) are not only quick and easy to prepare but are also convenient as they use readily available ingredients. The cookbook also features a special menu section so that you can plan your perfect meal.

From simple Green Chicken Curry to the more elaborate Whole Fish in Coconut Milk, Ken's easy recipes have foolproof instructions that will guarantee even the novice cook excellent results every time.

Ken Hom's Top 100 Stir Fry Recipes

Ken Hom

Ken Hom brings us 100 inspired recipes for stir fries which are easy-to-follow, delicious dishes designed to appeal to all palates. With 20 new recipes and 80 favourites from his collection, Ken not only covers oriental stir fries but includes non-Asian dishes as well, such as stir-fried fusilli alla carbonara. The cookbook is divided into chapters on chicken, fish and seafood, beef, pork and vegetable dishes. There are also sections on techniques for chopping and frying, how to use a wok and recommendations for oils and sauces.

Stir frying is regarded as a healthy and popular cooking method and all grocers sell ready-prepared stir-fry vegetables. As one of the world's greatest authorities on cooking with a wok, Ken shows us that the versatility and convenience of stir frying never compromises the flavour.

Foolproof Asian Cookery

Ken Hom

In Foolproof Asian Cookery (now available in paperback as Simple Asian Cookery), Ken Hom expands the culinary horizon with the food of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

The increasing popularity of Indian, Chinese and Thai food has led many cooks to explore further afield, and here Ken presents 40 simple, healthy and delicious dishes from the Far East.

The cuisines of these countries are characterized by a variety of flavours and cooking techniques: the fresh, sweet and sour flavours of Indonesia (Hot and Sour Indonesian Prawns); the fragrant curries (Malaysian Fish Curry) and spicy grilled meats of Malaysia; the fast fusion food of Singapore (Fragrant Singapore-style Prawn Curry); and the delicate and aromatic cooking of Vietnam (Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls).

With a menu planner, step-by-step instructions and a guide to essential ingredients and equipment, Foolproof Asian Cookery will tempt cooks everywhere.

Ken Hom Travels With A Hot Wok

Ken Hom

160 Quick and Easy Dishes with East-West Flavours Pacific Rim or fusion cookery, is a mix of the best of Far Eastern and Western-style cuisines. It draws its inspiration from an extraordinarily wide geographical area, which encompasses California, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan and Vancouver. Ken Hom, the world's champion of Chinese cookery and a pioneer of fusion cooking, celebrates this stylish cuisine in a superb collection of over 160 dishes. Ken Hom's Travels with a Hot Wok is innovative cooking at its best. Where else can you find such straightforward and superfast recipes that combine such diverse ingredients? Take, for instance, the Two-minute Coconut Prawn Starter made from large succulent prawns, coconut milk and spices; or Grilled Pork Crepinettes that cleverly marries Oriental and Western spices and herbs to give perfectly blended flavours; not to mention the tantalizing Apple and Lemon Grass Frangipane Tart a truly complementary East-West dessert. Ken Hom Travels with a Hot Wok, which accompanied the BBC television series of the same name, brings the imagination and passion of Pacific Rim cooking to your table and transforms everyday fare into fabulous meals.

Biography

Ken Hom is regarded as one of the world's greatest authorities on Oriental food and he still tirelessly travels the world making TV appearances, writing books and consulting on restaurants. In September 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University for his 'outstanding success with the international food world' and he was also appointed 'Founding Patron of Oxford Gastronomica',

He began his culinary career in his uncle's restaurant in Chicago and went on to teach at California's Culinary Academy. After a spell studying gastronomy in France, an article in the New York Times led to his first television series in 1984. In total, he has presented five BBC TV series, which have been transmitted internationally and written over 30 cookery books.