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Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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"The most gratifying part about cooking from Asian Tofu is that all the recipes work the way they’re written."
— Boston Globe
"This book should be a priority for anyone with the slightest interest in Asian cuisines."
— Anne Mendelson, Taste & Travel
“Flavorful meditations on soy.”
—Christine Mulhke, New York Times, Summer Cookbook roundup, 5/31/12
"If you're the kind of person who has only one, or two, or three ways to prepare tofu — or is just plain mystified by the whole world of bean curd — Asian Tofu is a godsend."
—T. Susan Chang, National Public Radio, 2012's Best Summer Cookbooks, 5/23/12
"Beautiful, knowledgeable and thorough, this is the best book on tofu to make its way to my bookshelves. Highly recommended."
—Carolyn J. Phillips, Zester Daily, 5/22/12
"Andrea Nguyen’s new cookbook, Asian Tofu (Ten Speed Press, $30), might sound like a succinct, single-subject treatise. However, the book—her third—is actually a robust tome, almost like a biography of the soybean, from how it’s used in multiple Asian cuisines to how it’s relevant in contemporary American food culture."
—Priscilla Mayfield, Orange Coast Magazine, 5/10/12
"This fresh, imaginative take on tofu includes an easy, practical lesson on making your own (we tried it, and it works like a charm), as well as a wide assortment of recipes for both traditional and imaginative foods. . . . Nguyen makes it appealingly clear that tofu is to be prized for itself and not for its utility as a meat substitute."
—Kitchen Arts and Letters bookstore, Spring 2012 newsletter
"A whole cookbook devoted to tofu? Yes, please. Andrea Nguyen's newly released Asian Tofu is a gorgeous guide to all things bean curd."
—Caroline Russock, Serious Eats, "Cook the Book" feature, April 2012
"Asian Tofu gives soybeans some much needed love. Punctuated with gorgeous images, the cookbook breaks down everything you need to know about tofu, from making it yourself to the various styles and uses in different cuisines. Goodbye, drab associations. Hello, full-flavored revelation."
—Tasting Table National, "Soy Genius", 3/28/12
"Nguyen presents tofu recipes through a dazzling array of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other cuisines that are approachable and easy for the home cook."
—Garrett McCord, Huffington Post, "The Soy Sensation," 3/28/12
“A fantastic fresh take on an ingredient that is, frankly, overlooked far too frequently.”
—Eater National, 3/2/12
“A keeper. . . If you're still reading this with the same "I must make that!" enthusiasm we felt as we flipped through Asian Tofu, then yes, this is a must-have book.”
—LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog, Cookbook of the Week, 3/1/12
“Serious tofu lovers (and that includes me) will be amazed by the recipes and lore in Andrea Nguyen’s masterful new book. Those more skeptical will become immediate converts to one of the world’s most elemental, versatile, and delicious foods.”
—James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and author of Cradle of Flavor
“Andrea Nguyen’s exquisite book restores tofu to its proper place—one based on deep craft, elegance, and imagination. Here is tofu in its Asian context where it is deeply appreciated for its goodness, not the promises for health we Westerners have endowed it with. An altogether gorgeous work, Asian Tofu not only answers whatever questions you might have about tofu, but is graced with the author’s adventures on the tofu trail.”
—Deborah Madison, author of This Can’t Be Tofu! and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“Andrea Nguyen has done it again, taking another subject that crosses many cultural lines—and can be a touch intimidating—and demystifying it, making one immediately want to try these techniques and recipes. The Homemade Tofu Tutorial at the beginning is inspiring and worth the price of admission alone.”
—David Kinch, chef-owner of Manresa restaurant
“This book is worth buying just for the glorious Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth. But it is full of other tofu wonders from up and down the East Asian coast such as Soft Tofu and Seafood Hotpot and Savory Tofu Pudding. It will find much use on my shelf.”
—Madhur Jaffrey, actress, cookbook author, and TV journalist
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The instructions are very easy to follow and detailed. The author provides a list of ingredients you will need along with the various options you can use for coagulants. I used food-grade gypsum, which I bought on Amazon, but you can even use Epsom salts. You will need to get dry soybeans, which I haven't seen at my local market so I ordered 4 pounds of organic soybeans online at a reasonable price. I'm sure you can find some at an asian grocery store if you have one available to you.
Now, it's true that there are thousands of instructions on the web to make tofu. But I like that this book goes deeper into some history about tofu. Every chapter opens with the author recounting her travels to a certain place and how tofu is used by various peoples and what it means to them. So it's not just a how-to for tofu making, it also offers good stories and information. I found myself cuddling up to the book and reading it for the sake of just reading it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to have around, many simple but lovely ideas for quick and healthy eating.Published 6 months ago by Nurture Learners and Able Observers
Amazing book so full of knowledge! I am in the process of reading it..so far a winner!!!Published 9 months ago by A. S. White
I've been learning a huge amount from this book. I've never gotten the fantastic textures I get after following Andrea's directions and tips. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lloyd Putman III
another great book by this author. very interesting read. looking forward to trying my hand at making the tofu cheese.Published 12 months ago by Gordon Quan
This is one of the most useful books I have ever found on tofu. If you want to know how to make tofu or just soymilk this is your book.Published 14 months ago by Rachel Shankman
Good book, only it doesn't have what I want. I want to make puffy tofu. And the author suggest just buy in asian store.Published 14 months ago by Yvonne Brilhart
This is a great, well researched book that is unique and informative. Diverse and stimulating recipes.Published 15 months ago by scotto60