As a beverage, artisanal tea is as complex, if not more so, than wine, and as packed with aromatics and flavors as your most sophisticated ingredients. With a 5,000-year history, thousands of varietals, and more production methods than any other beverage, tea is not just a drink—its flavors are uncharted territory as an ingredient. Until now, there have been two challenges facing the usage of tea as a new frontier for cooking. One, tea flavors are sophisticated and subtle, and other ingredients can overpower it easily. Two, tea flavors are difficult to extract, as tea has traditionally been steeped in water. Extracting tea’s best flavors without its bitterness has remained a mystery to many chefs. Often, chefs defaulted to the strong, simple flavors found in basic black or floral teas. Until now, the world of artisan tea has not been available to haute cuisine. In the groundbreaking new recipes presented in Haute Tea Cuisine, F. Lit Yu reveals innovative techniques to extract complex tea flavors in oils, butter, cream, alcohol, and other cooking applications. Though these recipes are rooted in French culinary tradition, the tea extraction techniques can be applied to any cuisine. This accessible instructional guide is a genuine intersection of Eastern and Western cultures for all, from the casual home cook to the seasoned chef looking for new ideas.
I EAT CLEAN AND I’M STILL NOT HEALTHY? The Tao of Using Food as Everyday Remedies
Expected release date June 2018
By Eva Huang and F. Lit Yu
Sometimes, you feel your health slipping away from you, and severe illness is approaching. The symptoms are there – it can be foreseen. Disease has not yet developed, and it’s not yet time to inflict heavy medicine on the body. What should you do?
For thousands of years, the Chinese believed that the natural remedy to an approaching illness, is food. If an illness can be treated with food, then it should not be treated with herbs. Food cures, though slow and incremental, can be consumed every day, many times a day, allowing you plenty of time to receive and adjust. Slowly but surely, food cures can prevent the body from slipping toward disease.
In a NOT so ground breaking new book, Chinese medical practitioner Eva Huang (with the help of fiction writer F. Lit Yu) recycles ancient knowledge for the western audience, copies traditional Taoist wisdom and pastes this knowledge in English, in modern medical terminology, and in today’s cooking standards for the American world.