Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Culinary Gestalt & Real Magic

Image Caption

This Month's Film: Raise the Red Lantern
Cuisine: Chinese

It occurred to me this afternoon as I was sorting through bins of tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, carrots and spring greens for the freshest best ingredients for tomorrow's Velvety Hot and Sour Egg Flower Soup and Mandarin Chicken Salad, that cooking is the act of transforming nature's produce, which is already perfect as is, into something even better. A kind of culinary gestalt in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Now THAT'S magic!

A Call for Chopsticks Click here for details.