Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea: Asian Inspired, Southern Style

Gibbs Smith. Jun. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781423661498. $32. COOKING
Keng (nicknamed the Sauce Maven) believes cooking and sharing a meal can transcend cultural differences, political beliefs, and more, allowing people to better understand and empathize with one another as they get to know the people behind the food. While many of the recipes within are the perfect fusion of American Southern meets Asian cuisine (wasabi deviled eggs), some of the dishes are simpler and lovely (sautéed lemon pepper snow peas), and still others are unexpected, interesting combinations (Vindaloo-inspired ratatouille ziti). The book is personal, with several family anecdotes, and well-illustrated with photographs of dishes and trickier techniques like how to roll rice paper wrappers. The “Wild About Rice” chapter includes various types of rice—black, red, brown, basmati, jasmine, and even cauliflower. The book concludes with a resource guide of ingredients and where to find them.
VERDICT Keng’s first cookbook is recommended for all libraries, especially those with regional interest.
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