Food Plants of China

HU Shiu-ying [Other titles by this author]

ISBN: 9789629962296

Chinese University Press 2006 1st Edition

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With its ancient cultural heritage, China naturally has a rich background in the utilitarian value of its many different vegetative environments. Today, for the conservation of health, Chinese people are still eating many species of plants. This book is an encyclopedic, two-part introduction to the edible plants of China. Part 1 introduces the cultural aspects of Chinese food plants and the spread of Chinese culinary culture to the world. It also describes how the botanical and cultural information was acquired; what plants have been selected by the Chinese people for food; how these foodstuffs are produced, preserved, and prepared; and what Western societies can learn from Chinese practices. Part 2 provides the botanical identification of the plant kingdom for the esculents used in China as food and/or as beverage. The plants are illustrated with line drawings or composite photographic plates. With a wealth of scientific information, detailed recipes, elegant line drawings and easy-to-access indices, Food Plants of China should be on the shelf of botanists, practitioners in nutritional fields, and general readers who love to eat healthily. 'Dr. Hu's encyclopedic contribution is destined to fill a void that has long been obvious and will remain for many years a vade-mecum, not only for botanists but for scientists in related nutritional fields and for the interested public' - Richard Evans Schultes, Botanical Museum of Harvard University. 'Not many botanists could write a book like this one: a bilingual one, fluent in Chinese, could tap the enormous literature available in that language; a meticulous one could assemble the information and organise it into a manuscript, a botanist who enjoys cooking could develop recipes utilising them so that readers might try the plants for themselves' - George W. Staples, III, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Dr. Hu Shiu-ying was educated in China before the Second World War. She later attended Harvard University where she was awarded a doctoral degree in 1949. She has established herself as one of the most distinguished research scientists in the field of plant taxonomy during the past fifty years in Harvard's Arnold Arboretum. She was a visiting professor in the Department of Biology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is still a senior college tutor at Chung Chi College which is one of the University's foundation colleges.

260 x 184mm.


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