Susan Jung publishes new cookbook, A Celebration of Food

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 2:55am

Susan Jung, long-time food and wine editor of the South China Morning Post, is hoping that her new cookbook, A Celebration of Food, will be food lovers' top choice of gift over the holiday season this month.

For the book, Jung, who became this newspaper's food and wine editor in 1997, compiled 60 of her recipes that have appeared in Post Magazine over the years, and added 20 recipes by chefs at some of her favourite restaurants in the city.

At the book's launch on Monday at the Private Lounge by Miele in Causeway Bay, Jung said: "I'm very excited about the book. I think we've done a really good job. I'm very grateful to the 20 chefs who appear in the book - for many of them, it's the first time their recipes have been published."

Jung said it took a busy and intense four months to finish the book so that it would be ready in time for the gift-buying season.

"It will be a long time before I publish another cookbook," she said with a laugh. "I have to wait until I've forgotten how much work this one was."

Cliff Buddle, the Post's special projects editor, regards the cookbook as "much more than a stocking filler for Christmas".

Buddle said the book is a distillation of Jung's many years of experience working as a pastry chef in kitchens in Hong Kong and the United States.