New York Times recipe lab (+ a note on substitutions)

Posted by Fuchsia on September 24, 2013
Cooking, Ingredients, Interviews / 11 Comments

You can see Julia Moskin and three New York Times readers chatting with me about ‘Every Grain of Rice’ here:

And the full article, focusing on Gong Bao chicken, is here.

A brief note about substitutions: Continue reading…

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Talking about Chinese food

Posted by Fuchsia on September 18, 2012
Chinese cuisine, Chinese food culture, Interviews / No Comments

Here’s a video interview I did about Chinese food:


Cooking and talking on the radio

Posted by Fuchsia on July 16, 2012
Cooking, Interviews / 1 Comment

This morning I cooked Twice-cooked Swiss Chards, a recipe from Every Grain of Rice, for Jane Garvey on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4. It’s actually one of my favourite recipes from the book, because it transforms a very ordinary vegetable into something magnificent. Like many Sichuanese vegetable recipes, it involves lifting the flavours of cheap ingredients with the punchy flavours of chilli bean paste, ginger, garlic and other aromatics. If you boil the chards and do all your chopping  in advance, it takes about five minutes to cook. I like to serve the dish with plain rice (often brown rice for an everyday meal), and perhaps some fried eggs or some leftover chicken dressed in a Sichuanese chilli sauce. You can find the recipe, and hear the interview, here.

Yesterday morning, I was on BBC Radio London, talking to the wonderful Jeni Barnett, who I haven’t seen since she was the presenter of Great Food Live on UK Food TV. It was a pleasure as always, and I would have been happy to go on yakking all morning! You can hear the interview here – it’s about an hour into the podcast (1h 2mins to be more exact).

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A little interview on Polish TV

Posted by Fuchsia on May 15, 2011
Interviews / 2 Comments

I did this little interview (via Skype) with a Polish journalist, Ola Lazar, who presents a show about cookery books, while I was in Chengdu last month:

El Bulli

Posted by Fuchsia on January 27, 2010
Interviews, People, Restaurants / No Comments

The legendary Catalan chef Ferran Adria announced last night that he would be closing his restaurant, El Bulli, after the next two seasons. As I think I mentioned, I went there for dinner for the second time in October. Anyway, you can listen to me on BBC Radio today, on Newshour, talking about Ferran Adria and his work.


Why I write

Posted by Fuchsia on December 14, 2009
Interviews, Writing / 2 Comments

New listing on the That’s Shanghai website, as part of a series of Q&As with China-focused writers.