My interest in Chinese food started years a90, when l was a young reporter for the Washington Post. Our office wasn’t far from Chinatown, where I found some very good Chinese restaurants．
The first time I ever ate Chinese food I loved it. I noticed the fresh taste of the meat and vegetables. When I learned more about the food, I began to understand why it has this special feature.
Many years ago, China had an energy crisis because it lost much of its wood due to over population and poor management of its forests. This loss was very bad for the country, of course, but it turned out to be very good for the food. Wood became very expensive and hard to get，so the Chinese had to either find a substitute for their valuable wood，or learn how to use it better. There weren’t any substitutes so people found ways to economize.
In order to economize in cookin9, they had to use very little wood. So they started cutting their meat and vegetables into small pieces before they put them in the hot oil．That way，the food cooked faster and they saved their fuel. The food prepared in this way kept its fresh flavor一and it's this flavor that attracts people from other countries to the art of Chinese cooking.
【小题1】This text is mainly about .A．what caused Chinese food to taste freshB．how Chinese food is cooked in the USC．when the author started to make Chinese foodD．why most foreigners like cooking Chinese food【小题2】The author mentioned the energy crisis to show .A．it is important to protect the forestsB．it is necessary to find substitutes for woodC．why the Chinese changed their way of cookingD．what problems a big population is causing China today【小题3】It can be inferred from the text that before the energy crisis Chinese food .A．was cooked in rather large piecesB．was cooked in water but not oilC．didn’t taste goodD．didn’t look freshA