2011, Sasha Gong and Scott D. Seligman collaborated on a groundbreaking
cookbook that told the story of China’s chaotic Cultural Revolution
(1966-76) through its cuisine. During that period, around 17 million
city youth were “sent down” to the countryside to “learn from the
peasants” and discovered that toil in the communes was arduous and food
was scarce. But many also learned that remarkably tasty and healthy
dishes could be prepared with the fresh, wholesome ingredients available
down on the farm. They learned to coax peak flavors and maximum
nourishment out of unprocessed foods, fresh from the fields, ponds and
streams and devoid of artificial preservatives.
Revolution Cookbook, which told their stories, became the
best-selling Chinese cookbook on Amazon and quickly sold out its first
print run. The authors were not prepared for the incredible success it
has enjoyed since then.
Now, in a Tenth Anniversary Edition, the
authors have taken suggestions from readers and added new material. The
recipes are all entirely authentic and easy to prepare in an American
kitchen. Many are vegetarian, and they don’t require exotic ingredients;
you can find everything you'll need in a well-stocked grocery store. The
step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and short cuts and
substitutions are suggested.
Readers are also treated to many
inspirational stories - about Chinese food, about the Cultural
Revolution and about living in the Chinese countryside - bringing the
wonderful recipes, and that extraordinary era, to life.