Cook Real Hawai’i

Clarkson Potter. Mar. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781984825834. $35. COOKING
Simeon, a fan favorite and finalist on Top Chef, sets out to define Hawai’i’s tradition of “local food” through his story and the history of Hawai’i: the impact of colonization, the exploitation of Polynesian communities, and the role of migrants in establishing a new culture of food and family. Beyond this introduction, the author answers a list of FAQs, detailing how to serve family-style and plate lunch meals, as well as methods and sourcing. Sections include appetizers to feed all appetites, grilling, slow-cooked foods, and more. A detailed ingredient guide is an added bonus. Segments on influencers are also featured throughout, highlighting the cultures and communities that influence local food.
VERDICT With an emphasis on everyday meals over specialty dishes, the majority of the recipes are practical and feature ingredients that are easy to source. Great for home cooks wanting to explore Hawaiian cuisine at home, or those wanting to try new flavors and enhance their repertoire of fusion-inspired dishes.
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