A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by reporter Christie Clements from SinoVision, the NY-based TV station promoting Chinese culture in the U.S. The station wanted to tape a short segment about the day-to-day work life of a food blogger and cookbook author. I been on TV few times before before (most memorable being this CBS Early Show segment about strange Beijing street food). But this was the first time a small crew would film in my apartment. Cue the frantic cleaning!
What a great 5 months it has been since the release of The Chinese Takeout Cookbook!
The last few months have been a whirlwind of interviews, classes and events, article-writing, and the like. Thank you for all the support. You've helped so much by buying the book, recommending it to your friends and family, participating in the Virtual Potluck back in February, and otherwise tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking about the book and its recipes.
Other than the potluck, I haven't had a chance to organize a cookbook giveaway on the blog yet. So today I'm offering up a giveaway for three signed copies of the cookbook! To enter to win one of the copies, just visit the Chinese Recipes archive and leave a comment below, telling me 1 or 2 of the recipes on the Chinese Recipes page that you're interested in trying out. (The recipes don't have to be in the cookbook.)Read More
Hello again! It took me a little longer than expected to put up this post, due to the influx of submissions at the eleventh hour, but here it is!
At the beginning of February, I organized a Chinese New Year Virtual Potluck as a fun way to both celebrate Chinese New Year and to get readers cooking from The Chinese Takeout Cookbook. Participants would receive a copy of the cookbook to keep or give away. In addition, they would be entered in a drawing for other great prizes, including a Le Creuset French oven, set of 6 Random House cookbooks, GrubKit recipe kits, and Edgeware graters.
The turnout was even better than expected: 41 of you wonderful bloggers cooked, photographed, and shared your thoughts on 7 dishes from The Chinese Takeout Cookbook for Chinese New Year. I loved reading all your posts on shopping for Chinese ingredients, introducing your family to new year foods and traditions, making ingredient substitutions to suit your lifestyle, and even getting a little creative in reinterpreting the original recipes.Read More
Happy early Chinese New Year!
This year I'm unable to make it home to Boston, but I'm still planning on celebrating in two ways: 1) Gathering a big group of friends for dim sum here in New York, and 2) hosting a Chinese New Year Virtual Potluck here with the online food community.
I've never done a big event like this here on this blog, so it's very exciting to announce. My goal, in addition to celebrating the release of my first cookbook, is to get as many bloggers as possible to make Chinese dishes this month (even if it seems a little intimidating!) I hope to make this an event for sharing and learning from each other about how to adapt Chinese cooking to suit your own lifestyle.Read More
You guys are amazing. Thank you for all the congratulations and spreading news about the book, here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and in person. At the risk of coming off cheesy, it's really incredibly heart-warming to have such great support from the readers of Appetite for China, some of whom have been reading since the very beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It's been one month since The Chinese Takeout Cookbook was released and seeing all the good press surrounding the book has been so surreal and wonderful. There was a recipe review in The Washington Post, radio segments on Let's Eat In on Heritage Radio Network and The Joan Hamburg Show, a full-page feature in The New York Daily News, not to mention round-ups and reviews in other local press.
As for events, last night I took part in a cooking demo and book signing at the wonderful BookCourt in Brooklyn. (More pics up to come!) There are other events coming up, including a Chinese Takeout Cookbook Class at the Institute of Culinary Education this coming Sunday, Jan 20th, in which we recreate 8 recipes from the book, including favorites such as egg rolls, sweet and sour pork, and egg drop soup. And I'm planning more events for NY and other cities soon, so stay tuned!
And if you've had a chance to enjoy the book so far, it would be so wonderful if you could take a minute to post a review on Amazon to let others know about your experience! Even a short 1 or 2-sentence review would be a great help!
Thank you all so much again for cheering this book on!