Food in China: A Cultural and Historical Inquiry

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CRC Press, Nov 12, 1990 - Technology & Engineering - 600 pages
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This volume is a study of Chinese food from a cultural and historical perspective. Its focus is on traditional China before establishment of the People's Republic. It identifies and provides comprehensive information on a broad range of Chinese food plants and animals for general readers, as well as for specialists whose interests have led them to questions relating to the food of China. Readers will find discussions regarding origins, how things came to be, time and place of food-plant and animal domestication, the spread of plants and animals from and to China, and other historical questions regarding the foods used by the Chinese people. The book is written with Canton and the southeast as points of departure, but embraces all of China and is directed towards people unfamiliar with China.
  

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Contents

The Yiieh and early China
2
Ancient Chinese archeological sites and cultures mentioned in the text
4
Places mentioned in the text
6
The Pearl River Delta and nearby areas
8
Modern places and peoples mentioned in the text
9
FOOD IN CHINESE THOUGHT AND CULTURE
13
Bicyclist in marketplace with beans eggplant and stem lettuce
16
Fish for sale by market vendors
17
Onions and Their Relatives
156
Chinese padistraw mushrooms Volvariella volvacea
161
Lily Bulbs
162
Water dropwort Oenanthe stolonifera
168
Eggplant
169
Chinese eggplant in market
170
SEAWEEDS AND OTHER ALGAE
179
FRUITS
191

Marketplace containers for live fish and other aquatic animals
19
Live salamanders
20
Fresh fish for sale
21
Stall of a poultry vendor in an indoor market
22
The Kitchen God
27
Offering food to the ancestors at the ancestral tablet
29
MAJOR REGIONAL CUISINES OF CHINA
43
CEREALS AND PULSES
63
The two main agricultural regions of China
65
Crops providing five percent or more of total calories in each area of China in order of importance
66
Chinas agricultural areas
67
Minor Cereals and Pulses
78
Preparation and Consumption of Cereals and Pulses
84
Bundles of yardlong beans Vigna unguiculata subspecies sesquipedalis in marketplace
85
Baked wheat bread being removed from oven among the Uighur of Turfan
90
ROOTS AND TUBERS
99
Tuber of the yam Dioscorea alata
103
Taro Colocasia antiquorum
105
Taro tuber
106
Old World arrowhead Sagittaria sinensis
110
Flower seed capsule and a seed of the lotus Nelumbo nucifera
113
Chinese statuette of an aspiring Buddha with lotus flower
114
Lotus rhizome
115
Great burdock Arctium lappa
116
Root tuber of kudzu Pueraria lobata
117
Chinese artichoke Stachys affinis
120
Amorphophallus rivieri
121
Root Crops of American Origin
122
Yam bean Pachyrrhizus erosus
126
Yam bean tuber
127
OTHER CULTIVATED VEGETABLES
133
Mustard cabbage Swatow mustard Brassica juncea var rugosa
135
Celery cabbage B pekinensis var cylindrica
137
Chinese white cabbage Brassica chinensis var chinensis
138
Chinese spinach Amaranthus gangeticus
142
Ceylon or Malabar spinach Basella rubra
144
Pile of stem or asparagus lettuce Lactuca sativa var angustana
147
Wax gourd Benincasa hispida
151
Bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria
152
Bitter cucumber Momordica charantia
153
Snake gourd Trichosanthes cucumerina
154
Angled luff a Luffa acutangula
155
Buddhashand citron Citrus medica var sarcodactylis
202
Litchi Nephelium litchi
206
Litchi fruit on tray
208
Longan Euphoria longana
211
Chinese jujube Zizyphus sativa
223
Japanese raisin tree Hovenia dulcis
231
Additional Fruits from Tropical Asia
232
Fruit of the carambola Averrhoa carambola
236
Jackfruit Artocarpus heterophyllus
240
Some Introductions from the Near East Europe or Africa
241
Fruits from the New World
254
EDIBLE NUTS NUTLIKE FRUITS AND SEEDS
267
Leaf stem and nut of the ginkgo Ginkgo biloba
272
The nutlike fruit of Trapa bicornis
275
FLESH AND FOWL
293
Men carrying pigs
296
Dog carcass in Canton marketplace
311
Cages of snakes for sale at a shop in Canton
318
Merchant proclaiming the virtues of a snake to potential customers
319
Cicada nymph infected with the fungus Cordyceps sobolifera
324
Bird catchers
328
FISH TURTLES AND TORTOISES
337
Fisherman with cormorants at Kweilin
341
Oyster fishing vessels and oyster shells on beach at Lau Fau Shan New Territories Hong Kong
347
Carved turtle supporting memorial tablet Ming dynasty
351
Softshelled or mud turtle Amyda sinensis
353
Man spearing freshwater turtles
354
Green turtle Chelonia mydas
356
EGGS
361
SPICES AND FLAVORINGS
369
Chinese or Star anise
388
Ginseng Panax ginseng and mandrake Mandragora officinarum
411
FOUR CHINESE DELICACIES
427
BEVERAGES INCLUDING DAIRY PRODUCTS
439
Tea sources and trade mentioned in the text
442
NOTES ON FOOD IN NUTRITION AND HEALTH IN TRADITIONAL
469
Foods Nutrient Intake and Nutritional Deficiency
475
Chinese kale Brassica alboglabra 136
485
Calcium intake per adultmale unit per day
488
CONCLUSION
513
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