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Martin Yan's Asia: Favorite Recipes from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Japan Paperback – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kqed Books; First Edition edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912333324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912333328
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Even if you find his television show to be over the top, you have to admit that Martin Yan always presents very tasty recipes. This book is an introduction to a variety of Asian cuisines with recipes and helpful hints not just on preparation, but on eating as well.
I've prepared roughly 40% of the dishes included in this book and have yet to find one that wasn't delicious. I was sufficiently impressed to buy his other books as well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2001
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Excellent introduction to a variety of asian cooking. Helpfully explains some of the more esoteric foodstuffs, et al. Based on the straightforward presentation I intend to buy more of his books. Also, I found the written forum a much more direct way to learn from Yan than his cooking show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenzo Toga on October 11, 2012
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I recently bought several books on Asian cuisine, mainly dealing with dim sum as I want to make more of my own. I already know quite a bit about Japanese food and have several good cookbooks for that. So what drew me to Martin's book? A promise of extensive Southeast Asian recipes, with a good idea of what makes these particular recipes quintessential.

Promise fulfilled. The book looked enticing enough to sit down with it right away for a look-see. I ended up really reading the book from cover-to-cover (ok- I may have skipped over a few recipes) But I even enjoyed Martin's take on the Japanese cuisine... Several of the Malaysian recipes looked easy and versatile, and I really enjoyed the side column explanations and info.

An interesting note about Martin Yan- a family member had friends in common with Martin at UC Davis. His wordplay started with his first PBS series. He was actually worried about his English skills and was prompted to use his natural humor as a way of not getting flustered. Say what you will about his style- Yan CAN cook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessie on January 21, 2011
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This book had several tasty recipes, and Martin Yan's writing style is often humorous and easy to read. There are also several points where he lays out alternatives to sometimes difficult-to-find ingredients.
The book is laid out as some background to his travels followed by a series of recipes organized by region. It doesn't teach you how to cook so much as it gives you recipes to follow. Of course, if you make your way through the entire book you'll start to figure out what can be altered and how that will affect a dish, but if instead you're looking to understand how the ingredients interact and how to create dishes of your own, other books might be more helpful, although I haven't found any yet specifically aimed at Asian cooking.
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