Susan Jung, a trained pastry chef and journalist, became South China Morning Post’s Food and Wine Editor in 1997. For “A Celebration of Food” she compiled 60 of her own favourite recipes from her column in Post magazine, plus 20 signature recipes from top chefs around Hong Kong. The recipes are grouped under three categories; family, friends and feasts.
Jung began writing her column for the SCMP’s Post Magazine in 2003, each week showing readers how to make two or three dishes. From the hundreds of creations she has created over the course of more than a decade, she managed to narrow the selection to recipes she really loved making and eating. However, choosing the restaurants to include in this book was more difficult. She started with a list of some of her favourite dishes from restaurants around Hong Kong and went from there. The overriding criterion was what would be possible for the home cook to make.
“I’m extremely grateful to the chefs and restaurateurs who invited me into their kitchens and allowed their recipes to be included in this cookbook,” Jung said. “I learned a lot by talking to and watching them and know their contributions were made not for the purposes of publicity because most are busy enough as it is. They chose to be involved with this book out of generosity and a willingness to share: the very reasons they entered the hospitality business in the first place.”
Jung’s own selection of the 20 top chef’s recipes came from some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants: the Mandarin Grill, Caprice, Ammo, Otto e Mezzo, Cuisine Cuisine at the Mira, II Posto 97, Above & Beyond, Kin’s Kitchen, Bistro Jinli, Tim’s Kitchen, Fan Tang, Fook Lam Moon, Heirloom, Celebrity Cuisine, The Chairman, He Jiang, On Lot 10, Cépage, Yin Yang and Sushi Kuu.
Uwe Opocensky, Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental, sees Jung is an inspiration: “not only is she a serious restaurant critic, but as a chef herself she deeply understands food, textures, the marriage of ingredients and how to create fantastic dishes.
Celebrated BBC-TV chef and best-selling author Ken Hom said “Susan Jung has distilled her passion for food in this book filled with easy, clear and mouth-watering recipes. Her wide experience as Food Editor is evident on every page of a book that belongs on every great cook’s shelf.”
A Celebration of Food will be available 4 December onwards at Hong Kong’s major English-language bookstores such as Dymocks, Bookazine, Swindon, Joint Publishing, Commercial Press, Chung Hwa and many more.
About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post
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