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Mrs. Chiang’s Szechwan Cookbook

By Ellen Schrecker

Published 1976

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Varied and marvelous as Mrs. Chiang’s mother’s breads and noodle dishes were, rice was still the family’s main source of nourishment; the Chinese word for cooked rice, fan, is also the word for meal. Everybody eats zaofan, “morning rice,” for breakfast, zhongfan, “noon rice,” at lunch, and wanfan, “evening rice,” at dinnertime. For Mrs. Chiang’s family, rice was the meal. Except on the most special of special occasions, New Year’s or we