I can’t remember exactly when I met my friend Lorraine aka "the Chinese Lady" cooking personality of YouTube fame, but I can tell you she is the zing of hot sauce on your plate! Even when faced with obstacles she has an infectious joie de vivre and she positively bubbles with enthusiasm, especially when she talks about food and family. Needless to say, I was charmed by her right away. She shared with me her dream of writing a cookbook so she could share her treasured won ton recipes and stories from her childhood in Hawaii and life in San Francisco, Hollywood and beyond. She asked if I would test some recipes for her and I said yes.
I provided my detailed feedback on Lorraine’s recipes, but really, they were all delicious and worthy of making it into her book. Some of her recipes are very traditional with pork or shrimp and others are her own inventions. Two of my favorites were her Shrimp & Lime Wontons with tangy kaffir lime, galangal and lime juice and also the Snapper’s Bag, a beggar’s purse style dumpling with snapper served in soup flavored with ginger, star anise and red onion.
The Chinese Lady’s A Pot of Rice to the Wonders of Wonton is now available on the ibook store. It’s a gorgeous book, thanks to beautiful photos and tech wizardry from Lorraine’s talented friend and business partner, Josimar. Some features of the book that I particularly like are the embedded videos that show you exactly how to fold wontons in 6 different styles, and Lorraine’s wonderfully told personal stories. But most of all I look forward to trying even more of her wonton recipes.
The book is available for iPad and Kindle on the itunes store for $4.99 but you can also download a free sample to check it out before you buy so I do hope you'll check it out!