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Hawaii's Spam Cookbook Paperback – September 1, 1987

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About the Author

Ann Kondo Corum was born in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. She has a degree in English from California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. She is the author-illustrator of Easy Cooking the Island Way, Only in Hawaii, Hawaii s SPAM Cookbook, and Hawaii s 2nd SPAM Cookbook, as well as two books for children, Aunty Pua s Keiki Cookbook and Aunty Pua s Dilemma.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bess Press Inc (September 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935848495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935848496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first moved away from Hawaii in 1995, my grandmother gave me this book to take along with me to Japan. In Japan, the SPAM there still has the "key" to open the cans. Anyway, I used several of the recipes such as: "SPAM MUSUBI", "Korean Style SPAM", and "Sato Shoyu SPAM" and introduced them to my Japanese colleagues who immediately fell in love with SPAM. I told my Japanese colleagues to visit 7-11 in Hawaii to see that SPAM MUSUBI is even sold there!! Now I live in Indiana where SPAM is well, not as popular as it is back in Hawaii. I have brought SPAM MUSUBI to work where my new colleagues have frowned in disbelievement, but after they tried it, they did not have a bad thing to say about this ingenious SPAM creation. Ms. Kondo Corum's book is well written and provides a glossary of unfamiliar terms for the non-Hawaii person. Besides SPAM, she also covers some other local island favorites such as: vienna sausages, corned beef, and sardines. The recipes and instructions are easy to read and the meals are easy to prepare. The artwork adds to the appeal of the recipes. If you love SPAM and would like to get recipes that you would normally not find here in the 48 states, this is your book!
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On a per capita basis, Hawaii consumes more than three and a half times more Spam annually than any other state (that's four million cans a year, all told.) The author claims, and makes a good case that Spam is "Hawaii's soul food." After World War Two when Spam became the brunt of derogatory jokes in most of the world, Hawaiians continued their Spam consumption at a voracious rate. In the process they got more and more imaginative in the preparations. I travel to Hawaii on business quite a bit, and can vouch for the popularity of Spam: even the Local McDonald's has a Spam breakfast. I just had it last week, in fact: it consists of two pieces of fried Spam, scrambled eggs, and two scoops of rice. Try finding that on the mainland.

While I admit to having the McSpam breakfast as a novelty, Hawaiians take their Spam very seriously, and this book showcases some extremely imaginative methods of preparing Spam. It has "Spam and Mushroom Rolls," "Spam Musubi," "Kalua Spam," "Spam Won Ton," "Spam Chowder," "Spam Fu Young," "Spam and Zucchini Omelet," and the unpleasant sounding "Basic Spam-Fishcake Pupu Mix," among many other recipes.

To say that there is a wide variety of Spam recipes here is quite an understatement, but there's much more than just Spam here. In a continuing homage to the Hawaiian love of canned and potted meat food products, there are also recipes for sardines, corned beef, and Vienna sausages, all of which are wildly popular on the islands.
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All of the dishes are easy to prepare as well as tasty. Kids especially love the main courses and appetizers. Spam is practically a staple diet of the locals in Hawaii, and you will find "spam musubi", soyu spam, etc. at many picnics and beach outings. Unbelievably, there are also very elegant dinners in this book, that you would not even think could be made with Spam!
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wanted a fun recipe book for my son who loves to work with interesting recipes... so what more interesting than Hawaii's love affair with Spam? He is also a computer science graduate and writes game code so the 'spam' thing has been a 'geek' joke in our household.
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I travel to Hawaii quite often and you see Spam everywhere. I thought this book would make a funny Christmas gift for my niece and that is why I bought it. There isn't anything in it you couldn't figure out for yourself--just substitute Span for any other meat and you'd get the general idea. But it's fun and inexpensive if you also want to give a mainlander a funny gift.
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One word about "Hawaii's Spam Cookbook" by Ann Kondo Corum: YUM! Easy and delicious eats for the whole family to enjoy, cooked with an island flair!
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I bought this book as a joke for my husband who actually loves Spam. I was surprised to find some good recipes in it as well and he likes the book.
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Excellent recipe book that gives many new ideas on food preparation in different formats, with many novel ideas that one would not have thought !!
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