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Jul 21, 2012 01:36 PM

help to find an old cookbook....

Hi Everyone...

I lived in Seattle in the late 80's and I found a wonderful chinese cookbook at the library. I used it a lot, and I photo copied some of the recipes. Through the years....we've moved and what not....and I have lost some of the pages I copied. I lost the cover page with the name of the book....and quite a few of the recipes I liked. I can't remember the name of the book, but I was wondering if any of you who had older chinese cook books would look at certain pages in the books to see if the recipes were the same and you might could tell me the name of the book. I would love to be able to locate a copy of this book.

On pages on the left side when opened....the page number is centered, and then there are the words MAJOR CHINESE CUISINE, and then a small block drawing of something that resembles 2 S's laid on their sides.

On papges on the right side when opened...the page number is followed by the name of the chapter (SOUPS, FISH AND SHELLFISH, POULTRY, PORK, SMALL EATS), then the same block of the 2S's.

The book was an older book in 1989, and it was pretty small and very plain.
Here are some page numbers with the recipes that appear on that page:
p.108 Basic Soup Stock
p.167 Crab Foo Yung
p.152 Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
p. 252 Cantonese Roast Pork
p. 398 Spring Rolls

I would appreciate any help on locating the name of this book....thank you for trying!


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  1. I'll do a little checking around in my books

    1. I appreciate that suzigirl....

      1. You said the book was small -- what size? And over 400 pages?

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        1. re: Sarah

          Hi Sarah....
          It was smaller than the photocopy pages.....I remember sticking them into the book and they extended out beyond the book in length and width.

          And, the last page I have is 408, but I remember that there were more pages than that in the book. I also remember that the cover of the book was kind of cloth like....and a dull green.

        2. Have you tried looking up the online library catalog for the Seattle Public Library? Nowadays, pretty much all libraries keep an online catalog of all books in their collections, both reference and circulating. Here is their entire collection dealing with search terms, "Cooking, Chinese".

          Please go to page 8 to see all titles published before 1989. 4 of their titles are published in 1989. Do any of them sound familiar?
          Food in China by Jennifer Tan
          Fragrant Harbor Taste: The New Chinese Cooking of Hong Kong by Ken Hom
          The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome by Jeff Smith
          Zhongguo ren di yin shi shi jie by Xuetai Wang

          Unfortunately, there is a high possibility that this book has fallen out of the library's circulating collection over the years.

          Im thinking you meant that the book was published some time before 1989. None of the books from 1989 exceed 398 pages.

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          1. re: Eric_Cartman

            Hi Eric...

            I did contact the King and Snohomish county libraries....and they said that the book I was asking about wasn't in the system any more.

            I did mean to convey that the book was published before would probably have been late 60's or the 70's. I sort of remember that the book was almost 20 years old when I was looking at it.

            1. re: Eric_Cartman

              Hi Eric...
              I just finished looking at those pages...and there were some listed there that I hadn't seen before when I contacted them. I will see what I can find on them at Amazon....thanks for your advice.


            2. I'm thinking it's Irene Kuo's "The Key to Chinese Cooking."

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                1. re: Leepa

                  Really??!? That would be so fantastic!

                2. re: Sarah

                  Galley - not this one - it's bright red...

                  1. re: Sarah

                    I can't swear about the if the recipes matched the pages...that would be the best! Those I have in black and white! Not jut my memories~

                    1. re: Galleyhagg

                      I'll look for it tomorrow. On my way out right now.

                      1. re: Galleyhagg

                        Unfortunately, it's not the same, Galleyhagg. None of the recipes and page numbers you list above match in the Irene Kuo book. Sorry!

                        But thanks for posting this as it's reminded me of why I liked this book in the first place. I'm going to leave it out and revisit some of my favorites!