A Splash of Soy: Everyday Food from Asia

Bloomsbury. Jun. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781639730438. $35. COOKING
Growing up in Australia with a Chinese and Indonesian father and an Australian mother strongly influenced Lee’s (Coconut & Sambal) palate and her culinary background. Her focus here is more on “pan-Asian” flavors and techniques in recipes that can be prepared in less than an hour and many much more quickly than that. This work is intended for home cooks, but some spices, noodles, and seasonings may need to be sourced. A final chapter lists pantry essentials, plus “nice to haves,” giving the reader an idea of the key ingredients needed for many of the dishes. The book is organized into nine chapters, starting with brunch/lunch, and moving onto salads, soups and curries, grilled dishes, stir-fries, noodles, veggies, sweets, and pickles/condiments. Vegan and vegetarian versions are often suggested, and substantial headnotes provide background and cooking tips. Delicious-looking photographs accompany most recipes.
VERDICT A recommended resource for those looking to broaden their Asian cooking chops without focusing on a specific cuisine or region.
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