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Noodles Every Day: Delicious Asian Recipes from Ramen to Rice Sticks Paperback – May 13, 2009

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Trang, seasoned food writer and author of The Asian Grill, presents an extraordinary array of Asian dishes in her newest book. With a sharp, modern design and a friendly tone, the book helps the reader navigate the world of noodles, starting with their origin (Leijoo, China) and most common pairings (ginger, garlic, soy, scallions, etc.), then delving deep into the many varieties of noodles. No stranger to Asian cuisine, Trang keeps her innovative ideas (such as plum-flavored noodles) from becoming too complicated or obscure, and suggests tips and valuable explanations throughout the book. Each chapter proficiently exhibits one noodle (wheat, egg, buckwheat, rice and cellophane)—plus a chapter on buns, dumplings and spring rolls—and includes a handful of vibrant, original ways to prepare each type. While some recipes, like green tea soba and smoked wild salmon rolls, are bite-size, others, like udon with braised sweet and spicy beef short ribs, are hearty entrees, shining a spotlight on the book's subject. Combining a fun, fresh layout with generally quick and easy-to-prepare dishes, Trang's latest work is sure to find a spot in the kitchens of stylish foodies eager to explore the arguably underdocumented land of noodles. (June)
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About the Author

Corinne Trang, dubbed the "Julia Child of Asian Cuisine," is the award-winning author of The Asian Grill and writes articles for Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Saveur. She lives in New York City.

Maura McEvoy is a food, travel and lifestyle photographer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861434
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"My deepest commitment is to exploring the relationship between culture and food. With this goal in mind, my books are loaded with information and tips that will give you insight onto the varied and colorful foods Asia has to offer. They are written with you in mind and focus on simple, authentic, and quick-to-prepare recipes, supported by beautiful photography to whet your appetite. Enjoy!"

Corinne Trang is an award-winning cookbook author, expert on Asian cuisines and cultures, beverage and food consultant, brands and commodities spokesperson, lecturer (NYU, Syracuse, University of Texas, etc...), and chef. A frequent radio and television guest (NPR, Business Talk Radio, Bloomberg, Martha Stewart Living Radio, CBS's "The Early Morning Show," ABC's "View From the Bay with Spencer Christian," NBC's "Today Show," FOX News, Discovery, Lifetime, TV Food Network, and more), she is the Chief East Coast Correspondent for America's Dining and Travel Guide (Business Talk Radio). For the latest on her current book tour please visit, and for up-to-the-minute info, follow her on

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gourin on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book! So many cookbooks just re-hash old recipes, but this one has some really unique takes on traditional Asian food that made it stand out for me. One of my favorite aspects is the layout; right off the bat Chapter 1 gives you everything need to know about buying and storing the ingredients used in all of the dishes. As a run-of-the-mill home cook a lot of the ingredients were new to me, and this really makes it easy. The first thing I made from the book was the Basic Asian Marinade, p.43, and we were surprised to find that it was better than the dumpling sauce our favorite Thai place uses. The Pink Plum-Flavored Noodles with Spinach and Mushrooms, p.71, is as pretty as it is delicious, and is a big hit at dinner parties. I've also learned how to make a proper Pho, p.121, have learned that I like Kimchi, and have made Asian Style Kirby Pickles p.45 (Yum!). Great book! I also have "The Asian Grill" by the same author and love that one as well, it has some of the best sauces I've ever tried.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Musashi&Koyama on August 29, 2009
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This book is what I consider fusion cooking with heavier emphasis on using Chinese and Vietnamese seasoning. It tries to cook some Japanese, but if you are looking for Japanese noodle recipes, this book is not it. The use of sesame oil in some of the Japanese recipes are quite odd. I also thought the technique presented for making tempura shiso/ooba/perilla leaves a lot to be desired. Nowhere did the author talk about dipping one side of leaves only because dipping the whole leaves do not work. It makes for gooey tempura shiso leaves. Not sure if this author actually made tempura shiso leaves or just decided to add this because it is often added in Japan.

I think she should have stayed with the area of noodle cooking she is most familiar with which is mostly Chinese and Southeast Asian. In this, I think she does a great job.

I went back to her book and made the cover recipe and it is by far the most bland, greasy noodle dish I've ever made and tasted. No taste at all.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
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When I read a book title like Corinne Trang's Noodles Every Day, I tend to picture quick, simple recipes intended for working families, so you should know first of all that most of these recipes are a little complex for a tired person just home from work. The other thing to know is that there are definitely some ingredients in here that you'll have to hunt down if you don't have an Asian grocery nearby. It can be awfully tough to find crab-flavored or green tea noodles, for example.

However, the recipes are amazing! Each one we made turned out stunningly delicious. Wonton soup is one of those dishes that I've only ever had in restaurants before, and of course the quality varies from place to place. We couldn't resist trying to make our own, and it was AMAZING. We used the book's recipe for homemade wontons, which were so good that the word "sublime" passed our lips multiple times. Combine that with homemade stock and the rest of the recipe for the wonton soup, and you have something incredible! Honestly I've never had wontons before that were so good. Restaurant fare will never measure up again.

You won't find a huge number of photos, but the ones here are gorgeous and evocative. As is typical of most Chronicle cookbooks, the layout is clean and clear and makes it easy to pick apart a recipe on the go in the kitchen.

So as long as you don't mind tracking down a few ingredients and spending a little time in the kitchen, Noodles Every Day will bring you wonderful results!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DanO on February 3, 2013
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There such an abundance of (very good) recipes in this little cookbook that you could have noodles twice a day and not get tired of having noodles. Being from an Irish/Mexican background some of the ingredients and cooking methods are strange but they are well explained and if you put a little effort into learning them you will be well rewarded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grumpy on January 2, 2014
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I love this book. It's one of my all-time favorite cook books. But I'm finding all of Ms. Trang's books to be in that same valued category. I especially enjoy the subject of Asian Noodles and find this book very helpful both in general and specific ways.
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