I put this cookbook on my wishlist as soon as I heard about it. I love asian food and love making asian food and love learning about asian food. So asian cookbooks always end up on my wishlist, but I was particularly excited for THIS book.
I own a lot of asian cookbooks that are inspiring and beautiful and from incredible chefs and authors, but I do not cook from them very often. I live in rural Indiana where whole fish and authentic asian ingredients are hard to come by. So I flip through the pages of these books and dream of meals I might not ever make. What I really want are Asian cookbooks I can actually cook from without selling an arm or a leg to buy ingredients or wasting an entire day of my life on one dish. Lucky Rice is one of those cookbooks.
Five years ago, Danielle Chang started up the asian food festival Lucky Rice that has now visited cities all over the world. This cookbook was not only inspired by the incredible chefs and dishes she’s come across in her adventures with Lucky Rice, but from her childhood and years spent cooking asian food for family and friends. She covers tasty dishes from her roots in Taiwan as well as India, Japan, Korea, China, and Thailand as well as fun fusion dishes. This cookbook is a curated collection of the best asian recipes that home cooks with asian cravings will turn to again and again.
I ordered this book because of my love for asian food, couldn’t wait to read it because of Danielle Chang, and will never put it down because of the approachable and delicious recipes that have taken over my weekly dinner menus.
Adventurous cooks who love all sorts Asian food, are familiar with Asian cooking styles, and frequent an Asian grocery. This is the perfect book for someone who has dipped into Asian cooking before and just wants a book of their favorite asian recipes that they can use forever and ever.
What I love:
The pretty gold seal on the front! And the beautiful photos! And all the recipes inside that make me drool, but don’t make me scared and say “someday when I have loads of time and I’m feeling adventurous I’ll make this!” The recipes are approachable and can be made for a fun weeknight meal.
What I don’t love:
Quite seriously, nothing. This is probably my new favorite cookbook.
Recipes worth trying:
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken with Fish Sauce
Double-Boiled Chicken Soup
Sichuanese Chicken Wings
Curry in a Hurry
Vietnamese Banh Mi
Grandma Hsiang’s Chinese Tamales
Thai Mango Pudding
I love this book and I’m so happy Blogging for Books sent me a copy in exchange for a review!