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Asian Greens: A Full-Color Guide, Featuring 75 Recipes Paperback – November, 2001
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Being located in the Asia-Pacific region (Australia to be exact) I find this book well suited to the modern Australian taste bud and palette. Australians are very familiar with and fond of Asian cooking, if not always the authentic version, at least some formulation of it. Ms Lau's book provides easy at home directions for the new home cook/chef starting out, which is the category I fit into. As with the UK's Jamie Oliver, "Asian Greens" is adventurous, and the layout is such that it invites the reader to try new things which at the same time are not difficult or daunting.
I can see this book being a favourite in Noosa (Queensland) and Byron Bay (New South Wales) if people can get their hands on it. I discovered it by looking on amazon.com
I particularly like the the glossary of vegetables, the so called "Greens Guide". For the non-Asian or the uninformed, this guide is most helpful for getting what you want and need into your shopping cart/trolley/basket.
Many of the meals are great for the single person who is oft not inspired to cook (this does inspire!), while also being suitable for couples and families.
I enjoyed the personl anecdotes and descriptors with each recipe. I particularly like the cover and the layout of the book and the information about the author. With chefs like the wonderful Jamie Oliver about, we want some character and fun in our writers and presenters and a little bit of who they are.
The new approach to cooking - keeping it simple, clean and fun, it what we all needed and I am excited to add this book to my slowly growing pile of useful books (and tossing the huge, complicated ones out!Read more ›
If you have an inkling to learn to identify and cook healthful meals for yours and family, and you like Asian food, do your self a favour and purchase this cheap book. It was more expensive in Australia, where it was published, than from amazon.com. The recipes are not difficult, as you will see, but the flavours are superb.
In all cases, ingredients are readily available in an urban area. The instructions are clear.
That is not to say that the recipes are perfect. Chicken with Thai Basil, for example, is too salty for our taste ... so we cut the fish sauce with sake. The Asian Vegetable Stew, a recipe that caught my eye when purusing the book, has an excellent flavor but I have yet to find a butternut squash that will cook sufficiently when instructions are religiously followed - so I keep experimenting with how long to cook the squash alone. However, these recipes are so simple and versatile it takes little effort to adapt to one's own taste.
In short, I highly recommend this cookbook.
Strengths: Low cost and recipes for vegetables you won't find in most other cookbooks, including many asian cookbooks.
Weakness: Photos are missing for more than a third of the vegetables, limiting the book's value as an identification guide for many unusual vegetables.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very much like this book. There are pictures with a description at the beginning of the book of numerous Asian vegetables. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Plain folk
Simple recipes for a clean asian meal plus an understanding of what the greens are called and their uses.
Essential background book for true Asian cooking.
This is a really good book, I shopped for vegetables in a store that only had the chinese writing above the produce, but with this book I was able to find all the vegetables I... Read morePublished on February 22, 2006 by W. Frank Young