Asian Flavors: Unlock Culinary Secrets with Spices, Sauces and Other Exotic Ingredients

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A guide to preparing gourmet dishes using the ingredients that make Asian cooking so special.

Asian Flavors takes a new and exciting approach to exploring the many different cuisines of the Far East. The book identifies the main flavors used throughout the region-ginger, chiles, lemon grass, coconut, sesame, lime, soy and herbs-and offers some 120 authentic recipes that can be prepared easily at home.

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Overview


A guide to preparing gourmet dishes using the ingredients that make Asian cooking so special.

Asian Flavors takes a new and exciting approach to exploring the many different cuisines of the Far East. The book identifies the main flavors used throughout the region-ginger, chiles, lemon grass, coconut, sesame, lime, soy and herbs-and offers some 120 authentic recipes that can be prepared easily at home.

A melting pot of cultures and eating habits, Asia's cuisines reflect the diversity of its people and many foreign influences over the centuries: the French and Chinese in Vietnam, the British in Myanmar and Malaysia, the Dutch in Indonesia and the Spanish in the Philippines. The blending of new ingredients and cooking styles with each country's indigenous foods created the exhilarating culinary fusion we enjoy today.

Organized by ingredient, the book looks at the flavors that define Asian cuisine, offering fascinating facts and clear instructions on how to prepare and use them in recipes. Complete with a detailed, illustrated glossary, information on selecting and keeping fresh vegetables and ingredients, substitutes for hard-to-find ingredients and techniques, Asian Flavors celebrates some of the world's most delicious and satisfying food.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Asian Flavors, a new cookbook by British food writer Wendy Sweetser, offers an excellent excuse for a trip to an Asian food store. The book is chock-full of beguiling photographs and recipes ... it's an attractive source for good ideas for supper." -The Houston Chronicle

"The range of delicious, quickly prepared dishes and beautiful full-color photographs make this an attractive gift or addition to a culinary library." -Publishers Weekly

"What to do, exactly, with those gnarled roots of ginger, the pungent, briny fish sauce, and trembling blocks of tofu, so maligned for their alleged lack of flavor? Here, at this point of bewilderment, Asian Flavors identifies its mission: to guide ordinary folks without fear through the aromatic jungle of fermented soy products, galangal, rice wine, and lime leaves-until they have safely reached a well-laid and colorful table... For readers who wish to explore the spectrum of Asian Flavors in their own kitchens, this worthy volume will bolster courage-and serve as a grown-up introduction to the world of possibilities beyond chop suey." -ForeWord Magazine

"Asian Flavors by Wendy Sweetser triumphs with an innovative concept and execution. Arranged by exotic ingredients such as ginger and galangal, chilli, lemon grass, lime and lime leaves, and coconut, this absolutely fascinating book gives a series of intriguing recipes from all over Asia." -Pages Magazine

"A superb introduction to a wide sampling of Eastern ingredients and techniques." -Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review
"Asian Flavors: Unlock Culinary Secrets With Spices, Sauces, And Other Exotic Ingredients is cookbook filled with 120 delicious recipes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, and Indonesia. Each sumptuous dish makes use of distinctive culinary spices and ingredients to promote flavors rarely experienced in the West, and full-color photography illustrates the majority of the dishes in all their gustatory appeal. Simple instructions readily accessible to chefs of all experience levels make Asian Flavors a superb introduction to a wide sampling of Eastern ingredients and techniques. "
Publishers Weekly
Creating authentic Asian dishes requires the right balance of flavors, according to Sweetser (Asian Sauces and Marinades). She identifies 10 key elements of Asian cuisine (ginger, chili, lime leaf, fish sauces, herbs, etc.) and discusses how each element can be used to create the flavors that characterize traditional dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea and Indonesia. Asian cuisines easily blend with influences from French, Spanish, Dutch and other foreign settlers, but they've retained their essence: fresh local produce, seafood and meats lightly cooked and enlivened with spices, sauces and other dressings for a wide array of variations. Sweetser offers brief profiles of each element, along with helpful tips on use and a glossary with short descriptions of frequently used items. The 120 recipes, each identified by country, feature many popular dishes (Sushi Bento Box, Chicken Pad Thai, Satay with Peanut Sauce), but there are some surprises as well (Omelet Rolls with Sweet and Sour Duck). The range of delicious, quickly prepared dishes and beautiful full-color photographs by Ian Garlick make this an attractive gift or addition to a culinary library that contains more comprehensive titles on individual Asian cuisines. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568363592
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,369,863
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

WENDY SWEETSER specializes in food and travel writing and is food editor of OK! and The London Magazine. She spent several years working with a leading Asian food company developing recipes and new products. Sweetser first discovered Asian food on her travels to the Far East 25 years ago, getting to know local cuisines by touring markets- marveling at the exotic ingredients rarely seen in those days in Western stores-and by dining with local people in their homes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Glossary
Hints & Tips
Ginger & Galangal
Chili
Fresh Lime & Lime Leaves
Soy
Rice Wine & Rice Vinegar
Coconut
Lemon Grass
Fish Sauces
Sesame
Asian Herbs & Leaves
Index
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