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anyone cook from "The Good Food of Szechwan"?

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DanM Feb 26, 2005 12:08 PM

On first glance, the recipes look pretty good...lots calling for Szechuan pepper corns...

It's called "The Good Food of Szechwan: Down-to-Earth Chinese Cooking" by Robert A. Delfs, first published in 1974.

Can anyone recommend it?

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    Marcia M. D'A. Feb 27, 2005 09:02 AM

    I have the Delfs book and recommend it. The pork with Szechuan preserved vegetable soup is wonderful and I've made several fish recipes which were delicious.

    It's been years since I've used the book as it's packed away in the basement. Thank you for reminding me - it's an interesting book and the recipes work well.

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      Aromatherapy Feb 28, 2005 10:16 AM

      My copy is all spattered and stained, from when I used it years ago. Thanks for reminding me. I remember the chicken with orange peel and chilis was especially tasty. Definitely worth trying recipes. Probably not as "authentic" as books you can get now, e.g., Dunlop, but the recipes work. As I remember the story, he was working in Japan from recipes brought somehow from the mainland.

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        Marcia M.D'A. Feb 28, 2005 01:59 PM

        I seem to remember reading that Delfts was a Ph.D. candidate studying in Taiwan. That could be completely wrong as it HAS been a long time.

        Our copy is also stained. I remember a couple of eggplant dishes as being especially good. You are probably correct as to the authenticity of newer recipes such as Dunlop's, since outsiders can actually spend time in mainland China, now.

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          Aromatherapy Feb 28, 2005 04:45 PM

          Ooh, now I remember an eggplant dish where he remarks something like "a handful of garlic is the right approach here." Definitely worth reviving.

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