Travel with Kylie Kwong as she rediscovers her Chinese heritage, exploring the food and culture of a vast and enigmatic country
Her inspiring journey takes her from the rural simplicity of her ancestral village in China’s southwest to the wilds of the Tibetan plateau and the stylish modernity of Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Whether searching for the perfect dumpling in Shanghai, exploring the contemporary art scene in Beijing and Hong Kong, rifling through sacks of spices the size of mattresses in Chengdu, or marvelling at the silkiness of freshly made noodles in Xi’an, Kylie is tireless in her quest for new experiences and encounters, cooking up a storm and winning hearts wherever she goes.
Kylie Kwong is well known as the proprietor of the celebrated Billy Kwong restaurant in inner-city Sydney, and as a passionate advocate of sustainable food and ethical eating. Her restaurant uses locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce, and was the first climate-friendly restaurant in New South Wales.
A long-time supporter of the Slow Food movement and its aims, Kylie runs a stall at Eveleigh Farmers' Market in Sydney and helps to nurture the next generation of cooks through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. She has also developed a range of fair trade tableware in conjunction with Oxfam.
Kylie is the author of six books – Kylie Kwong's Simple Chinese Cooking Class, It Tastes Better, My China, Simple Chinese Cooking, Heart and Soul and Recipes and Stories – and presenter of three television series that have aired internationally.