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A Taste of Chinatown

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Joie Warner has sensibly sought out tried-and-true food from American Chinatowns and created fresh, attractive, home-cooked versions of old standbys like mu shu pork and lemon chicken. In what seems to be a growing practice in cookbooks, the recipes in A Taste of Chinatown are accompanied by glossy full-page photos of fastidiously composed plates of food, undisturbed by the presence of the people who are meant to enjoy them. In this case the design seems slightly pretentious for such appealingly homely fare. B