Written by Barbara Tropp, an American chef and writer who helped introduce Americans to Chinese cuisine, this classic on Chinese cooking features over 200 recipes. Tropp dedicated her life to the study of Chinese and Chinese culture, and learned Chinese cooking when studying at the National University in Taiwan. She then worked to recreate and share the refined food and way of dining she experienced during her time abroad. Tropp was the chef at celebrated San Francisco restaurant, China Moon, where she cooked and taught as long as her health allowed. This book is considered one of the foremost authority on Chinese cooking. 

This book was selected from the collection of legendary vintage cookbook dealer Bonnie Slotnick.

In 1997, Bonnie Slotnick opened a bookstore in a basement office on Washington Place and Barrow Street. Bonnie Slotnick specializes in out-of-print, high quality used cookbooks. With an inventory of nearly 5,000 books, Bonnie was generous enough to let us peek into her personal collection to curate our selection for this project. Today, you can find Bonnie and her collection of cookbooks at 28 E. 2nd Street between 1st and 2nd Ave in New York’s East Village.