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The Asian Grocery Store Demystified (Take It with You Guides) Paperback – April 15, 1999
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I also found some inaccurate or less familiar descriptions; for instance many recipes call for "thick soy," which in this book is called "dark soy, or superior soy" but a novice wouldn't know those distinctions.
Additionally the book only gives one or maybe two names for the same thing; if you're cooking something from another culture confusion may reign! For instance in this book belacan (spelled blacan in most other Asian cookbooks I own), which is a common Asian ingredient, is the only word used for dried shrimp paste -- it's also known as trasi (Indonesia), kapi (Thailand) and mam tom (Vietnam). In the grocery store I have bought a wonderful paste that is packaged only under the name "trasi." Using this book, who would know?
Among its weaknesses I find the dearth a pictures a detriment. Many shoppers (like me) are quite visual and look for colors or bottle shapes. It would be more helpful to have photos of some ingredients; for instance showing the difference between bean thread noodles and rice sticks, or what a jackfruit looks like.
I found the index difficult to use. Something might be referenced in the text but not found in the index. Drives me nuts.
However, there are some strengths to this book. It's a convenient size to bring to the store and gives a nice overview. It's also helpful for the novice to have brand recommendations, but I can safesly say, having shopped for ingredients in Minnesota and California (and in Australia), that not all the same brands are imported to everywhere and that what she recommends may not be in your market.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book for the novice Asian grocery store shopper. I have The Indian Grocery Store Demystified by the same author and it is a wealth of info too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by shootmenow
When venturing into an Asian grocery store, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Although there are many familiar items, from the vegetables to the spices to the canned goods to the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Silverstone
This book is good reading for the Asian cooking novice. I have bookmarked a number of ingredients I'd like to try now that I know a bit about their potential use. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Bun-Bun Baxter
A must have for people that explore Chinatown and wander off beyond the familiar . A chefs Bible about Chinese food. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Ishvara
It may be a little dated, but the information is about 90% current and no other cookbook or guide does the same job nearly as well. I hope an update will be created some day soon.Published on March 23, 2014 by Edgy39
Very good breakdown of your basic Asian grocery. Definitely lives up to its title. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to navigate an Asian grocery in order to create their... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Wallace Webster
This is a good book. I know it will help me when I go to the local Asian grocery store, although I do like the attention I get from the woman at the store when she helps me!Published on April 29, 2013 by Wildrat
This book has changed my whole asian market shopping trips and made it so much more enjoyable for me to try new products I was unfamiliar using. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Dolores A. Skinner