We are reposting this blogpost from last year. Check out some of the new pan-Asian cookbooks from our collection. Leave a comment about your favorite Asian food or recipe. Happy eating!
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and I simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with a culinary tribute! We have a wonderful collection of cookbooks that include Asian cuisine, from perennial favorites (Yan can Cook) to the latest celebrity chef (Aarti Paarti). What’s more, Houston’s foodie vibe just keeps getting better! Ethnic grocery stores, cooking classes, food trucks, street food, fine dining – we’ve got’em all.
Give Indian cooking a chance with local author Shubhra Ramineni’s Entice With Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People. Her simple steps and convenient tips make for fast meals that are tasty and flavorful. Since she is local, you can sign up for her cooking class.
For lovers of pan-Asian foods, I recommend Cradle of Flavor and Singapore Cooking. Recipes include Roti John, Prawn Sambal and Devil Curry. A Polynesian variant by Sam Choy includes Pacific Gazpacho and Tahitian Nioise Salad.
I like cookbooks that have a lot of bold, colorful pictures preferably one for each recipe. The photos serve as sensory bait for me, so tempting I can almost nibble! But my favorite kind of cookbooks are the ones that tell a story. Ismail Merchant’s Passionate Meals and Maya Kaimal’s Curried Favors are excellent examples. These are available through our interlibrary loan service.
Yet another type of cookbook that’s steeped in storytelling and peppered with recipes is the cookbook memoir – stories of family, food and love. Check out A Tiger in the Kitchen, Climbing the Mango Trees and Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer. Then there are novels centered around food and cooking which sometimes include recipes. Check out The Last Chinese Chef, Pomegranate Soup and local author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Mistress of Spices.
While the library has many Asian cookbook staples, my recommendations include fiery curries, sizzling kebabs and tart chutneys: From Curries to Kebabs, Indian Slow Cooker (incudes yummy chutney recipes!) and Curry Cuisine: Fragrant Dishes from India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
So let’s raise our lassi glasses to culinary adventures! Check out our cookbook collection, search grocery aisles for fresh fenugreek and lemongrass and get ready to chop, steam or roll in a cooking class. Here’s to food and the flavors that bring us together.
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Saima K., Librarian at HPL