I wish I had the time and inclination to do more research. All these recollections are off the top of my head.
There was a particular moment in time when wok cooking became popular. I remember my mom getting a wok and bringing home an assortment of different utensils.
It’s hard to remember now that ethnic cooking was once an exotic thing to try. The ingredients weren’t always easy to get or required clever substitutions.
We didn’t have this cookbook at our house.
My mom got really good at wok cooking.
To this day I’m timid with heat and I never managed better than a giant dish of soggy vegetables.