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August 26, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Various Chinese vegetables, including shiitake mushrooms and napa cabbage
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The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes

Thursday, August 26, 2021

In this special event for gardeners and cooks, learn how to grow and enjoy a wide variety of Asian vegetables with gardener, home cook, and author Wendy Kiang-Spray.

Would you like to learn great ways to cook the interesting vegetables you find in Asian specialty supermarkets – or perhaps even grow them yourself in your own garden?

Wendy Kiang-Spray, author The Chinese Kitchen Garden, will join us for a combination cooking demo/garden talk, as she teaches us how to grow and enjoy a wide variety of Asian vegetables.

Wendy’s family has a strong culinary and gardening tradition. In her book, she blends the story of her family’s cultural heritage with growing information for 38 Chinese vegetable (including tips for how and when to improve soil, make compost, and sowi seeds) and 25 traditional recipes, like congee, dumplings, and bok choy stir-fry. 

Wendy will be making a delicious, garden-fresh Stir-Fried Bitter Melon and Tofu, and you can cook along, if you like! Download the recipe now

About Wendy Kiang-Spray

Wendy is a passionate gardener, garden speaker and writer whose articles and contributions have appeared in national publications and books. She’s a high school counselor and a volunteer with the DC Master Gardeners, and speaks at many different venues from garden clubs to regional symposiums, and writes about Asian vegetables, family, and other garden projects at her blog, Greenish Thumb. In her spare time, Wendy tends her garden in zone 6, Maryland. 

The Chinese Kitchen Garden is Wendy Kiang-Spray first book, an amalgamation of all of her loves: family, cultural stories, gardening, heritage vegetables, and cooking.  Through writing the book, Wendy found a way to record and share many of her favorite recipes from her mom's weeknight stir-fry, to her spicy Sichuan peppercorn quick pickles, to one of Wendy’s own favorite taro and coconut desserts.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.