Great news – January’s nearly over! And even better news – Chinese New Year is just around the corner! The Spring Festival runs from February 5th-19th, and around the world, people will be feasting, setting off firecrackers and decorating the house with red lanterns. It's the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar – so why not join in the fun? We've highlighted four fantastic books that will help the whole family celebrate in style...
Children will love finding out about this special time – and in the Year of the Pig, who better to help them than Peppa? Peppa Pig: Chinese New Year, available on our website for £5.35, finds Peppa learning all about the activities and traditions associated with the festival. With the help of Madame Gazelle, Peppa and friends dress up in Chinese costumes, make their own Chinese New Year cards and even take part in a dragon parade!
Kids can also discover more about the animal signs in the Chinese calendar in The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr, which explains the zodiac origin story using folk art style illustrations and easy-to-follow text. It tells how the Jade Emperor gathered together all the creatures in the kingdom for a great race, decreeing that the first twelve animals to cross the river would all have a year named after them. But who will win? With bright, colourful artwork and lively, lovable characters, The Great Race is perfect for little ones, and is available on our site for £7.67, saving you £4.32.
A big part of Chinese New Year is the food, with the menu for New Year’s Eve often featuring special dishes symbolising happiness, wealth or good luck for the upcoming year. If you fancy ‘pigging out’ with your own Chinese banquet, we’ve a host of books that can help. Kwoklyn Wan’s Chinese Takeaway Cookbook will enable you to recreate classic Cantonese dishes such as sweet and sour chicken and fried rice, and with over 70 dishes, you’re sure to find your favourite. Most of his recipes take under 20 minutes to cook – leaving you more time to enjoy the festivities! Chinese Takeaway Cookbook is available on our site for just £9.77 (a saving of £5.23).
For a comprehensive guide to Chinese cooking, China: The Cookbook by husband-and-wife team Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan is a must. With over 650 recipes from every region, it’s an encyclopedia of truly authentic food, from staples such as Dim Sum to lesser-known (but delicious) dishes like Hunan-style pork belly. With an introduction to the country’s culture and history, a section on cooking techniques and a glossary of ingredients, China: The Cookbook contains everything you need to master this hugely popular cuisine – and it’s sure to set your mouth watering. It’s available on our site for £20.87, saving you £9.08.
Enjoy your celebrations, and have a great Chinese New Year – Xīn nián kuài lè!
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