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Book Review: A Chinese Salt Free Diet Cookbook by Merle Schell

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A Chinese Salt Free Diet Cookbook by Merle Schell covers the essential elements of recipes throughout China with a healthy twist, and a lively geographical flavour. The author describes fully regional specialties such as Yunnan Curried Mushrooms, Pork Balls in Hot Sauce, Bean Curd Shrimp Puffs and Sherry Vinegar Baby Spare Ribs.

Schell provides important information on traditional accents employed in the Chinese food preparation. For instance, garlic and ginger are important herbs used to make the food more palatable. Orange rings are used to spice up Braised Pork. In addition, ginger root is employed as an anti-inflammatory health tonic for the traditional Fish Salad.

The author spends some time describing the landscape of China. For instance, there is only 10% arable land east of the Yangtze River. In addition, there have been historic floods along rivers; such as, the Huang He and Chang Jiang River. This weatherization has an important impact on the local farming, as well as the food preparation. Schell describes the historic Shanghai region, which is noted for some of the finer  teas and silk in the world.

Schell also covers traditional views of the medicinal impact of Chinese food. She provides examples of foods that cool the body. For instance, Beef Oyster and Cucumber Soup is a popular preparation for dieters. Szechuan Vegetable Salad is another popular preparation for people interested in foods that cool the body, as well as preparations with a higher pH value.

There’s also traditional general food favourites. What would a visit to a Chinese restaurant be without dumplings? The author provides just about every dumpling preparation imaginable, including the unusual Egg Dumplings.

A Chinese Salt Free Diet Cookbook  is an important cookbook for chefs everywhere. The presentation has a very complete rendition of Chinese cooking with a smattering of preparations from virtually every important region of China.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.