Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Review: Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a review copy. All opinions are my own. 

Beholden to bold flavors and not strict authenticity, the editors of Lucky Peach present a compendium of recipes that hit the sweet spot between craveworthy and stupid simple and are destined to become favorites.

Chinese New Year falls on February 8th this year, and 2016 will be all about the Red Fire Monkey. Here's a great cookbook to get things cookin' for the Chinese lunar new year: Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes.
Despite being an aspiring home chef, when it comes to Asian cuisine, I usually find myself heading to the nearest Asian restaurant here in Chicago, or dialing our local takeaway Chinese spot. But in 2016, I aspire to mix up my at-home menus. I usually just stick with what I do best - Italian cuisine. This book is a great tool to bring the tastes and flavors of Asia into your home: the recipes are easy - most requiring five easy steps or less - and call for few ingredients (most of which I can pick up at my local supermarket). A gorgeous, full-size photo accompanies each recipe.

Best of all, in my opinion, is the entire chapter dedicated to dumplings. I can't wait to give Dollar Dumplings a try, dipped in homemade dipping sauce. And then Moo Shu pancakes (!!!!) and Moo Shu Vegetables --- mmmmm!!! Slow cooker Pho is just the right recipe for cold, January weeknights, as is Five Spice Chicken and Miso-glazed Eggplant. 

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes is available today at your local independent bookstore or online. 

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