Cookbook author and food blogger Katie Chin has many memories of cooking with her late mother, Leeann Chin. Leeann Chin was a successful restaurateur who introduced scores of Minnesotans to traditional Chinese cooking in the 1980s and 1990s, with her eponymous Chinese eatery.
In Katie’s latest cookbook, “Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes From My Mother’s Kitchen,” she relates stories of helping out in her mother’s restaurant and catering business, hosting a PBS cooking series together, and traveling to her mother’s hometown in Guangzhou, China, for a Food Network special.
While cooking together in the kitchen, Leeann Chin often told her daughter stories of hardship during the Japanese invasion, of the immigrant struggle assimilating to life in America, and the challenges of being a wife and mother. “I realized she used cooking as an escape from her many struggles, and that’s where she found joy. Cooking was a kind of alchemy for her. This, and so much more about life, I learned in the kitchen from my mother,” Katie wrote in her cookbook.
Katie hopes that the book will help sustain Leeann Chin’s legacy—as a lover of food, a successful businesswoman, and a loving mother.
The following are recipes of classic Chinese dishes from “Everyday Chinese Cookbook”: