During Shang Dynasty period China emerged as a well-organized agricultural society, which used complex writing, the calendar, and made splendid bronze sculptures. In later dynasties, China expanded and cuisine began to acquire distinctive northern and southern characteristics. Eventually, various styles of Chinese cooking came to be recognized. Beijing, Sichuan or Szechwan, and Cantonese are among the best known in the United States.
More and more people around the world are embracing Chinese food in their home cooking. And many organizations have emerged to help Chinese food enthusiasts learn to cook Chinese.
Association of Chinese Cooking Teachers (ACCT) is dedicated to furthering the education of members in Asian Food and Culture by providing a forum for the exchange of food preparation ideas. ACCT criteria are student enrolled in an accredited college, university, or culinary institution; contributions to food service industry; financial need; professional and personal characteristics. ACCT is intended to help students become familiar with various examples of how culture has been shaped through the influence of food within Asia.
ACCT is a group dedicated to the promotion of the cuisine and culture of China and other Asian countries. Contact Linda Anusasananan says that anyone who shares this interest be that food professional or amateur is eligible to join. ACCT meetings include cooking classes, demonstrations, Chinese banquets, and field trips. Events have included a Chinese New Year's banquet, Cambodian cooking demonstration and dinner, classes on Chinese soul food and a dim sum workshop.
Hank Quock, a former president of the ACCT, now works full-time for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Hank is also a cooking teacher, caterer and entertainer. Martin Yan, renowned public-television chef, author, and cooking teacher has encouraged millions of Americans to explore the exciting world of Chinese cooking.
His critically acclaimed series "I Can" was the first program to truly demystify Chinese cooking by familiarizing viewers with techniques and ingredients once thought too complicated to try at home. Martin Yan's recipes are designed for beginners who may be unfamiliar with preparing Chinese food at home. Martin Yan makes Chinese cooking fun and easy with personal jokes, a full color glossary of the essential ingredients, and step by step explanations of the techniques necessary to prepare mouthwatering Chinese food.
With less fat, less red meat, and an emphasis on fresh ingredients, Yan's recipes take full advantage of fresh produce and the foods sold at Chinese markets. Martin Yan is an accomplished and dedicated teacher at the California Culinary Academy, Johnson and Wales University, and countless chef-training seminars across the country. Yan is one of the most respected chefs in the world.
Create your own Chinese culinary masterpiece that will thrill your taste buds, trim your waistline, and delight your guests!