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The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner Hardcover – October 10, 2009
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"Jaden Hair—in print, on television, on SteamyKitchen.com and in her own steamy kitchen—is a force of nature, and this book captures that exuberant spirit with compelling recipes and great techniques on a wide range of Asian dishes."
—Michael Ruhlman, author of The Soul of a Chef and Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
"Jaden Hair delivers beautiful, simple and delicious food that will bring family and friends to your table. She is the real deal who learned from the best, her mom."
—Martin Yan, Chef and host of Yan Can Cook
—Ming Tsai, host/executive producer of Simply Ming and chef/owner of Blue Ginger
"Jaden Hair speaks passionately to a new audience of Asian food enthusiasts, luring them into the Steamy Kitchen with her helpful hints and exciting recipes."
—Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and Asian Dumplings
—Guy Kawasaki, founder of www.Alltop.com; author of Rules for Revolutionaries and Reality Check
"If you never have the pleasure of meeting Jaden in person, you most certainly get to know her through this book, written in her unique conversational style, a gorgeous kitchen journal that exudes her zest for life and all things delicious. It's like one big happy dance."
—Kim O'Donnel, "A Mighty Appetite," The Washington Post
From the Inside Flap
"In this debut cookbook, author and superstar food blogger Jaden Hair (of SteamyKitchen.com fame) shows you how to take simple ingredients and make inspired Asian meals that are fast, fresh, healthy and easy. From her mouth-watering Korean Bulgogi Burgers to her delicious Beef Satay and unbelievably easy Chinese Sausage Fried Rice and Shrimp Pad Thai, Jaden reveals all of her family of secrets in this book--for example, her Mom's Famous Crispy Eggrolls and her Chinese Beef Broccoli and Chocolate Wontons that her two young sons cannot get enough of .
All of her recipes contain clear step-by-step instructions and photos showing you how to cook them in less time than it takes to drive to the nearest takeout. And with her irresistible sense of humor and style, Jaden will have you running to the kitchen to start cookin' tonight's dinner right away!
More About the Author
Jaden is one of the most influential food people in social media. She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Oprah.com, and Parents Magazine.
Jaden is a mom of two little boys, Andrew and Nathan, who love to eat almost as much as she does! Her husband, Scott, is also part of the Steamy Kitchen team.
Top Customer Reviews
As an aspiring "home chef" without talent or experience, I've bought dozens of cookbooks hoping to find one that would enable me to create cuisine, not just mundane meals. Sadly, I have been let down countless times. Sure, my lack of cooking skills puts me at a huge disadvantage, but I'm not buying complex books. I tried to stick with cookbooks that focused on the novice. In the end, my dishes looked nothing like the photos, tasted nothing like the description, and left me with little more than dirty dishes and buyer's remorse.
The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook changed that for me. I've now cooked six meals from within these pages and every single one of them left me literally smiling at first bite. Just like one of those corny food commercials. :) Here's why:
1. The ingredients were all found at my local supermarket...unlike books that sent me to far away places in search of obscure spices that I'd never use again.
2. The book was fun to read, kept my attention, and gave me insight like no other cookbook had given me in the past. Most just started right in with the recipes, leaving me with more questions than answers. Unlike the Steamy Kitchen, they focused on the "how" without ever addressing the "why".
3. The steps were easy to follow, the dishes easy to prepare, and the end result actually matched the photos. The other cookbooks I bought should have come with a sous chef because I was way out of my element. I never realized how inadequate they were until I read and followed this book.
4. The flavors were solid, delicious, and spot-on.Read more ›
A good friend of mine got me this for Christmas, and I literally jumped for joy when I opened the package. Jaden is one of my favorite food bloggers, and I couldn't wait to try out her new recipes.
I feel like she gets it-- who wants to spend 8 hours at work, only to come home and spend another 3 hours on dinner after stopping by the grocery to buy 50 things you didn't have and are only going to use once? She gets that I need dinner now, I want it good, and I want it to only LOOK like I spent a lot of time on it. This book is perfect. Her recipes are fresh, fun, and very simple. I've made some good stuff in a dinky studio kitchen (with no oven), and my husband is happy after a long day at pharmacy school. I HIGHLY recommend it, even for your kitchen-fearing friends!
I also bought this book for a friend of mine who lives in Florida. I told her no excuses about not being to cook Asian food; if Jaden can do it, she can!
If you've never read it, the gist of it is that she rewrites of a whole bunch of recipes from different Asian countries, reconstitutes and presents them in a way that makes Asian food accessible to middle America.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are looking for authentic recipes, this is not the book for you. If you are looking to make your meals more "Asian" but don't have a lot of experience with Asian food, and you enjoy the bloggy tone of the "steamy kitchen" site, then you will like this book.
Most of the cookbooks out in the market are glorified by food stylists and food photographers--this is not a bad thing because cookbooks are meant to appeal to the potential readers at first sight, but they tend to be too perfect and "cold." The recipes are almost too pretty for everyday cooking. The author of this book learned how to take food photography herself and all the photos in the cookbook was done by her. As a result, it really makes me want to rush to the kitchen and start cooking.
All in all though, I think this is a great cookbook done in a very casual "conversational" style with real-life food photography and everyday Asian recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought as a Kindle download, but it isn't formatted well at all and is difficult to read any of the recipes. Glad it was a bargain.Published 1 month ago by S. Jackson
Good enough and I knew what I was getting; title tells it all. Don't love it, but like it fine.Published 2 months ago by Babs
You can not go wrong with Steamy Kitchen. All of Jadens recipes are super delicious, easy to make(some sound difficult but aren't),beginner cooks can them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marguerite A. Pallen
There is lots of information in this book besides recipes. She describes all the pantry stock items you should have what they are made of and used for. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Netlady1020