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Interesting, exciting and accessible cookbook,
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This review is from: Susan Feniger's Street Food: Irresistibly Crispy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sticky, Sweet Recipes (Hardcover)
I love this cookbook! I have over 1,000 cookbooks, and this one is not only different, it is fun and very accessible to the home cook - IF you can get your hand on the ingredients!
In the introduction, Susan Feniger explains that "aren't we all sick of making the same dishes over and over, mac 'n' cheese and blueberry muffins aside?" Her goal was to write a book that would share her love of street food around the world, and push the home cook to try new and exciting flavors. The book hits the mark, not just because of the recipes, but because Feniger is an entertaining and friendly guide to these places, the people, and their food.
I am puzzled by a previous reviewer stating that this is a vegan cookbook - it is not, but many of the recipes can be converted to vegetarian, or in some cases, vegan, by simply eliminating the fish or meat and substituting tofu or tempeh. While some of the recipes have a short list of ingredients, others require many ingredients. Where possible, Feniger provides easier-to-find substitutions for some of them. The good news is that with the internet, you can order a lot of the shelf-stable ingredients (palm sugar, rock sugar, etc.) from Amazon, Kalustyan's, or My Spice Sage. Almost every dish is accompanied by a photo.
As for the recipes, I've tried three: Cheese Grits with Three Pepper Relish, Malaysian Black Pepper Clams, and Chilled Soba Noodles with Spicy Orange Sesame and Tofu. All three of them were delicious (I made minor adjustments for my family's tastes). If you want to see other recipes, click on the "search inside the book" option at the top of the page to view recipes and see the table of contents. I am looking forward to trying many more of the recipes in this fun book!