The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors

Morrow. Oct. 2019. 400p. photos. index. ISBN 9780062802378. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780062940889. COOKING
It is clear from early on in this debut cookbook that Lee did not always enjoy her six years living in Beijing, after her husband relocated for work. She turned to the kitchen for escape, ultimately creating a blog, Lady and Pups, to share her culinary adventures. The resulting collection of tried-and-true meals leads to thrilling food and, though not all ingredients may be readily available, Lee’s conversational writing makes the recipes and dynamic flavor combinations feel chievable. Born in Taiwan, raised in Vancouver, and now living in Hong Kong, Lee willfully blends cuisines and ingredients to suit her tastes, and scoffs at any notion of what should or cannot be done because of tradition. Dishes such as mochi with peanut brown sugar and ice cream, Italian meatballs in Taiwanese rouzao sauce, and wontons with shrimp chili coconut oil and herbed yogurt will draw in fans of Lee’s blog and attract new ones. Loneliness, or in her words, self-abandonment, should always taste so good.
VERDICT If ever a cookbook could be described as exciting, this one would be it. Highly recommended.

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