Beyond the Great Wall by Jeffrey Alford

Beyond the Great Wall

WINNER OF THE 2009 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK AWARDWINNER OF THE 2009 IACP BEST INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK AWARDA bold and eye-opening new cookbook with magnificent photos and unforgettable stories.In the West, when we think about food in China, what usually comes to mind are the signature dishes of Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai. But beyond the urbanized eastern third of China lie the high open spaces and sacred places of Tibet, the...

Details Beyond the Great Wall

TitleBeyond the Great Wall
Release DateMay 1st, 2008
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Cultural, China, Nonfiction, Travel

Reviews Beyond the Great Wall

  • Sridhar Reddy
    It is often asserted that Chinese food in the United States tastes better than Chinese food in China. It's a bold statement, considering that many people (myself included) have no concievable idea of what Chinese food actually is. We're saddled with the General Tso and Chow Mein stereotypes of the food, and any other exposure of the cuisine in mainstream media ventures into the absurdly exotic, with the consumption of the offal of creatures that ...
  • Yaaresse
    I'm a little hard on cookbooks, so a lot of them end up with the three star rating. That's not because they aren't good, but sometimes I just know I'll never cook from them or I don't like the formatting or graphic choices. That's the case here. This book is really more of reading book than a using book. It is largely a travelogue and basic history of the area, and this was what I wanted because I know little about the regions of China. At the sa...
  • Ubalstecha
    Part travel log, part ethnography, part cookbook, this book is absolutely stunning. The whole work focuses on the other China, the non-Han population. The authors have called this "Beyond the Great Wall", but that title is misleading as some of the cultures examined are actually within the traditionally Han areas.While the recipes are wonderful, showing you how to make traditional foods with ingredients you can find in North Amnerican stores, it ...
  • Daveinnova
    Usually a serious fan, but not of this book and I really wanted to be. As usual, the photography and writing are great and the way the authors put the food in a broader context makes for a rewarding read. However, the recipes are, frankly, boring. It may simply be that the subject matter is less interesting than that of their other books or it may be that they did not stretch themselves as much when it came to the recipes. It seems doubtful that ...
  • Pauline
    Jeffrey Alford's cookbooks are beautiful to look at and they have great recipes, but they are not practical for kitchen everyday use."Beyond the Great Wall" is a great book, a travel book and a cookbook and a book about Chinese culture all wrapped into one. The pictures are beautiful and the book is well put together and interesting and the recipes are wonderful.However, it is not an easy book to use in the kitchen, it weighs a ton and it is very...
  • Angela
    I think of this book as a travelogue, a photography book, and a cookbook. While I haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes yet, I have to say that I love this book. The way it is written is evocative, and I appreciate both the personal notes on the recipes and the occasional written piece about the authors' trips through China. It's a big book, and slightly unwieldy... but I wouldn't think it at all out of place proudly displayed in one's ...
  • Hannah
    This is generating some controversy in cookbook-land because of the release timing--a book about the cuisine of Tibetans and ethnic minorities in China, right before the Beijing Olympics. Like their other books, this one is a combination of recipes and travel stories, with photos so gorgeous you want to drop everything, cash in your savings and spend the next year traveling and eating.
  • Monty
    I just got this book out of the library today and am impressed with the mix of recipes with information about the non-Han ethnic groups living in China, i.e. the land, the people and the food. I may try out one of the noodle recipes and then perhaps go on to momos. The photos in the large, heavy book are great.
  • Nancy
    The photos and travel descriptions are excellent, and deliver the real china outside of the tourist norm. Recipes, too, although they're less accessible, given the nature of so many of the ingredients and cooking equipment. Some excellent food direction nonetheless and the food photos . . . yum.
  • Catherine Woodman
    This was the second Gourmet Cookbook of the month selection,and I already have two of their cookbooks in this style--which is to have stories and lots of exceptional pictures of the food and th epeople who make it--this is another beautiful example of their work--the recipes look less like things that I would make, but I will try some because of my hx with them
  • stephanie
    This is my favorite cook book yet. The recipes are fantastic and pretty easy to follow. Even better though are the stories and background information on the people who eat these foods on a daily basis. Can't wait to have a look at some of their other books.
  • angi
    Gorgeous cookbook that's also a travelogue. It highlights all the minority cultures within China and their cuisine.
  • Flitterkit
    Fantastic read about China in and of itself. I haven't tried any of the recipes out of it, but many of them look fantastic.
  • Tom Hammer
    Part travelogue, part cookbook - if you're the type who loves to read a good cookbook like a novel, you must have this book.
  • Maria
  • Catherine Woodman
    From the other China--stories, recipes, and photos from lesser known regions of China--was the July Gourmet Cookbook of the month in 2008
  • Bernie
    Excellent book, loved the stories and recipes. Made the lamb stew, reminded me of the Xingjiang restaurants in Bejing.
  • Robin
    Beautiful images and stories and interesting recipes. I loved the story about Ella Maillart so much I tracked down a copy of her book Forbidden Journey.