Phaidon. Mar. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781838666200. $39.95. COOKING
BAO is a brand, a restaurant group, and a favorite destination of Londoners, and now readers can experience its food, art, and philosophy in their own homes. Stark design accompanied by sparse yet gorgeous food photography highlights how the art backgrounds of the owners are reflected in the dishes they serve. Organized by restaurant, five of them located across the city, the book stresses modern place and culinary tradition. Home cooks will enjoy the mini-tours of each locale, from a restaurant in Soho to one in Shoreditch. The 100 Taiwanese-inspired recipes, from street food favorites to more elaborate dishes, even drinks, are prefaced with stories and history.
VERDICT Armchair travelers and fans of the brand will enjoy this title cover to cover, and serious home chefs will delight in the multifaceted, complex yet rewarding recipes. Instructions are in metric measurements, which will detract for some readers but not devotees.
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