Posts Tagged “Asian food”

Easy Japanese Cooking – Appetizer Rex by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

Easy Japanese Cooking – Appetizer Rex by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

The author, Kentaro Kobayashi, is a young man with both talent and passion. He started his working life as an illustrator but soon displayed his flair for food. (He gets that from his mum who is an award-winning cookbook author.) His motto has always been “easy yet delicious, stylish yet realistic”. He has featured in…

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Asian Flavours – Kitchen Classics by Jane Price – review

Asian Flavours – Kitchen Classics by Jane Price – review

This is another amazing book from Murdoch. This publisher continues to amaze me with great cookbooks at unbeatable prices. Each recipe is triple-tested in the publisher’s own kitchens so you are assured that the food that looks so good in the book will be equally attractive on your plate and wil be delicious as well….

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Veggie Haven – Easy Japanese Cooking by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

Veggie Haven – Easy Japanese Cooking by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

All you regular readers will know how I have waxed lyrical about other books by Kentaro Kobyashi and this one will be no exception. Veggie Haven from the Easy Japanese Cooking series has all the characteristics which helped to make Donburi Mania and Noodle Comfort so appealing. Kentaro Kobayashi is a young man with a…

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Donburi Mania – Easy Japanese Cooking by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

Donburi Mania – Easy Japanese Cooking by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

I love Japanese food but seldom have I been offered anything other than tempura and sushi. Now, don’t get me wrong, I could eat both those lovely dishes every day but there is more to Japanese food than raw fish and battered vegetables. There is Donburi! What exactly is this donburi? It’s all about rice….

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Indonesian Food by Sri Owen – review

Indonesian Food by Sri Owen – review

Indonesian Food is a fascinating autobiographical cookbook which starts in 1939 when Sri Owen was a small girl. She has memories of food at her sister’s birthday party: boiled soya beans in their shells, which Sri now muses are an expensive starter at smart London restaurants. That says so much about our society! Gus Filgate…

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Taman Gang, Park Lane – restaurant review

Taman Gang, Park Lane – restaurant review

Much was promised for this evening. SNOW. Our destination was at the Marble Arch end of Park Lane, a snowball’s throw from the bustle of Primark, Pizza Hut, MacDonald’s. A few yards, yes, but a world away in style. It. was like a scene from the old black-and-white movie of Lost Horizons (produced and directed…

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The Chopsticks Diet by Kimiko Barber – review

The Chopsticks Diet by Kimiko Barber – review

I guess that just the word “diet” will have half of my dear readers turning the page (if they were able to do such a thing on a website) and the other half waiting with bated breath for the next word that will change their lives completely. For those diet-haters I ask you to read…

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Thailand – A World of Flavours by Christine Watson – review

Thailand – A World of Flavours by Christine Watson – review

The author of Thailand – A World of Flavours is Christine Watson. The name doesn’t sound very Thai or even Asian but, in fact, Christine grew up in South-East Asia and so has been well placed to select dishes from Thailand that are certainly authentic but are also appealing to the western palate. Christine trained…

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Thai Street Food by David Thompson – review

Thai Street Food by David Thompson – review

Street food is comfort. We in the UK might be drawn to the smell of fried onions wafting from a burger cart outside the local DIY store. Americans will think of potato knishes and hot Italian sausages with sweet peppers, and Thailand has enough street food to fill a book the size of the car…

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Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen – review

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen – review

A very apt title, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. The author, Andrea Nguyen, invites the reader into a kitchen that is both personal and representative of all such kitchens across Vietnam and in Vietnamese homes across the world. Americans have a familiarity with Vietnamese due to migration of the Vietnamese population at the end of the…

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Koto – A culinary journey through Vietnam by Tracey Lister – review

Koto – A culinary journey through Vietnam by Tracey Lister – review

A culinary journey through Vietnam So, what does Koto mean? Is it Vietnamese for Brussels sprouts? No, it stands for Know One, to Teach One. This is a grass-roots charity that sets out to help street kids in Hanoi. It provides them with vocational training in cooking and hospitality. These children will hopefully find employment…

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The Eastern and Oriental Cookbook by Will Ricker – review

The Eastern and Oriental Cookbook by Will Ricker – review

The Eastern and Oriental Cookbook: nice name for a cookbook. It has an almost old-fashioned ring to it. Hints of The Orient Express, perhaps the East India Company, P & O steamers and Edwardian ladies with parasols. All romantic notions but, in truth, this sumptuous volume is a companion of the celebrated E & O….

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Travels with Thai Food by Helen Brierty – review

Travels with Thai Food by Helen Brierty – review

It all sounds rather mystical. A journey with Spirit House conjures visions of idyllic retreats for the world-weary, guiding a path to something enlightening and memorable. Well, that’s probably a fair estimation of what this particular Spirit House is all about, but it’s the spirit of Thai food which is venerated here, and the House…

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Noodles Every Day by Corinne Trang – review

Noodles Every Day by Corinne Trang – review

To the untutored this might seem an uninspiring proposition, but it’s perfectly possible to eat noodles every day and perhaps even several times a day without feeling as though it’s an endurance test. Corinne Trang is a US based author, radio and TV broadcaster on the subject of Asian food. She is a well respected…

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Scent of the Monsoon Winds by Michal Haines – review

Scent of the Monsoon Winds by Michal Haines – review

Just the title evokes visions of hot steamy nights with the exotic (and for me exciting) aroma of damp vegetation and soil. The atmosphere that assures one of tempting and flavourful food. Michal Haines has had a warm relationship with spices for all of her life. Her Chinese grandfather, Stan (you know that any Chinese…

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The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon – review

The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon – review

I first came across Charmaine Solomon in the 1970’s. My first recipe book was Charmaine’s Chinese Cookbook and I am still using it today (well, actually, last Saturday night). It’s a treat to have The Complete Asian Cookbook, which is a mammoth one-stop Asian recipe book that covers those countries that constitute what we in…

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The Real Taste of Indonesia – cookbook review

The Real Taste of Indonesia – cookbook review

Granted, this isn’t a cuisine that the majority of the British public will be familiar with but this should, on analysis, be one of the next big Asian food trends. It offers all the elements we need to feel that we have had a thoroughly exotic but not outlandish dining experience. It has the hint…

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The Big Book of Thai Curries by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

The Big Book of Thai Curries by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

Vatcharin Bhumichitr has penned some fabulous books and I must say that The Big Book of Thai Curries is equal in every way to those others. He is the golden boy (well, OK, man) of Thai cooking. Vatch has stuck to the winning formula of easy dishes with flavour and style. He has wisely marshalled…

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Stylish Thai in Minutes by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

Stylish Thai in Minutes by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

You gotta love it – any cookbook that is called, “No Stress”, “2 Ingredients”, “A Meal in a Moment” or “No Cooking Cookbook”. This book truly is Stylish Thai in Minutes and it had my vote before I even opened the cover. I love cooking but I don’t want to spend all my time in…

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Ricelands by Michael Freeman – review

Ricelands by Michael Freeman – review

The World of South-East Asian Food. Michael Freeman must be one of the most celebrated and prolific photographers around. Ricelands is his latest book (there are over 100 others) but this one isn’t about photography. Have a look at michaelfreemanphoto.com for more of his work. Michael says of this book: “In it, I write about…

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