The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens [NOOK Book]

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Asian grandmothers — whether of Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Indian descent — are the keepers of the cultural, and culinary, flame. Their mastery of delicious home-cooked dishes and comfort food makes them the ideal source for this cookbook. Author Pat Tanumihardja has assembled 130 tantalizing dishes from real Chinese fried rice to the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo to the ultimate Japanese comfort dish Oyako donburi. This is hearty food, brightly flavored, equally good to ...
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The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens

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Overview

Asian grandmothers — whether of Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Indian descent — are the keepers of the cultural, and culinary, flame. Their mastery of delicious home-cooked dishes and comfort food makes them the ideal source for this cookbook. Author Pat Tanumihardja has assembled 130 tantalizing dishes from real Chinese fried rice to the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo to the ultimate Japanese comfort dish Oyako donburi. This is hearty food, brightly flavored, equally good to look at and eat. Flavors range from soy and ginger to hot chiles, fragrant curries, and tart vinegars. The author has translated all of the recipes to work in modern home kitchens. Many of them have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations without written recipes, and some appear in tested and written form for the first time. An exhaustive Asian Pantry glossary explains the ingredients, from the many kinds of rice and curries to unfamiliar but flavorful vegetables.
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Editorial Reviews

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"If I could give this book a big hug, I would. It's not just that the recipes sound so appealing and doable in my own kitchen. It's the words and stories of all these women (and the occasional grandpa) that make the recipes come alive. This feels different than coming across a new recipe on a blog. It really feels like there's an intimacy and a connection to past generations as you flip through the pages... Really, who among us hasn't secretly wished for an Asian grandmother at some point? I know I have, and it's usually been while staring in confusion at the burned contents of a hot wok or while wrestling with uncooperative homemade soba noodles. This book by Pat Tanumihardja is like discovering that I have a long lost relative who I can call on in these moments of culinary distress."
The Kitchn

"I've been looking forward to Pat Tanumihardja's book The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook for a year...When I finally got a copy in my kitchen, I was thrilled: Not only did Pat do a stupendous job collecting stories and recipes, Lara Ferroni worked her photography magic for the ingredient glossary and the recipes. It's compelling, kind-hearted and gorgeous, just as I expected."
Edible Seattle

"If you aren't blessed with an Asian grandmother, this cookbook will guide you through the steps to make an authentic Asian dish without having to travel across the globe."
The Christian Science Monitor 

"Seldom does a cookbook come along that makes you not only want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing its recipes but also read its pages from cover to cover like a novel. Patricia Tanamihardja’s Asian Grandmothers Cookbook caters equally to our sentiment and appetites with a thoughtfulness and deep cultural understanding presented as 130 beautiful, traditional recipes, along with heartfelt profiles of the Asian grandmothers who have created them for decades."
Delicious Living

"...with this book, Tanumihardja has cracked open the door to some of those mysterious kitchens, allowing non-Asians to finally enjoy all sorts of dishes that rarely appear in restaurants and which — at least up until now — could only be tasted when a friend’s popo or lola or ba ngoai would carry something insanely aromatic to a table surrounded by family and the occasional hungry friend."
Zester Daily

"If this gorgeous cookbook fulfills the author’s quest for extended family, we are all the beneficiaries! The warm-hearted profiles of ten seasoned cooks add a rich personal history to the recipes. Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Laotian, Korean, and Filipino cuisines are covered, as well as the inevitable mingling that happens through family migration around the globe. I love the recipes for their use of “real” flavoring ingredients instead of the typical bottled sauces. Prefacing the recipes are an invitation to cook intuitively, a chapter called 'The Asian Pantry,' and a clear explanation of Asian cooking techniques, setting the mood for a joyful adventure in cooking."
Edible East Bay

"...an absolutely fascinating study of cooking anthropology. Each story of an Asian grandmother living in the US is interesting from a historic perspective, how they got here, what they did when they arrived (especially if you’re a history nerd like me). Then many of the recipes show how the dishes went from the original, authentic version, to the dish made as it could be in America, with the ingredients available. Whether substituting chayote for hard-to-find Bengali white pumpkin, or finding a way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers in rice porridge (jook), this book is a fascinating study in cultural evolution."
The GastroGnome

"If you missed out sitting by your grandmother’s stove, or your family ethnicity doesn’t happen to match the food you know you were born to eat, Patricia Tanumihardja’s book goes a long way toward addressing that need...a charming book..."
The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570616983
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Pat Tanumihardja is a food writer who contributes articles to Saveur, Sunset, Seattle magazine, and Seattle Metropolitan. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Monterey, CA.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Using This Book and Menu Planning xi

Techniques and Equipment xiii

1 The Asian Pantry: A Glossary of Ingredients 1

2 Foundations: Staples and Stocks 29

Profile of a Grandma: Kimiye Hayashi 44

3 Tidbits, Purses, and Parcels 47

Profile of a Grandma: Ellen Shyu Chou 72

4 Savory Soups 75

Profile of a Grandma: Merla See 100

5 On the Side 103

Profile of a Grandma: Niloufer Gupta 140

6 The Centerpiece 143

Profile of a Grandma: Keo Choulaphan 176

Profile of a Grandma: Daisy Kushino 200

Profile of a Grandma: Nellie Wong 218

7 Feeding a Crowd: Potlucks, Parties, and Festivals 221

Profile of a Grandma: Sang Jung Choi 252

8 Comfort Food and One-Wok Meals 255

Profile of a Grandma: Alvina Mangrai 292

9 Sweets, Sips, and Slurps 295

Profile of a Grandma: Gloria Santos 332

Beyond This Cookbook: Resources 335

Selected Bibliography 337

Conversion Tables 339

Index 341

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Authentic. Who can argue with anyone's grandmother?

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