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Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From sleek, silken tofu with delicate toppings to piping-hot fried satchels in a robust sauce, tofu provides a versatile canvas for the intricate flavors and textures that Asian and vegetarian cooks have long enjoyed. America has embraced tofu as a healthy, affordable ingredient. And while it has been welcomed into sophisticated mainstream dining, tofu is often hidden in Western guises and in limited applications. In her third intrepid cookbook, celebrated food writer and teacher Andrea Nguyen aims to elevate this time-honored staple to a new place of prominence on every table.

Asian Tofu's nearly 100 recipes explore authentic, ancient fare and modern twists that capture the culinary spirit of East, Southeast, and South Asia. There are spectacular favorites from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and India, as well as delicious dishes from Taipei, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and New York. Andrea demystifies tofu and interprets traditional Asian cuisine for cooks, sharing compelling personal stories and dispatches from some of the world's best tofu artisans along the way.

For those who want to take their skills to the next level, the tofu tutorial clearly outlines tofu-making technique, encouraging readers to experiment with the unparalleled flavors of homemade varieties. But time-pressed cooks needn't fear: while a few recipes, such as Silken Tofu and Seasoned Soy Milk Hot Pot, are truly best with homemade tofu, most are terrific with store-bought products. Some traditional dishes combine tofu with meat in brilliant partnerships, such as Spicy Tofu with Beef and Sichuan Peppercorn and Tofu with Kimchi and Pork Belly, but this collection is predominantly vegetarian and vegan, including the pristinely flavored Spiced Tofu and Coconut in Banana Leaf and vibrant Spicy Lemongrass Tofu Salad. And innovations such as Okara Doughnuts reveal tofu's more playful side.

For health- and eco-conscious eaters and home chefs who are inspired to make the journey from bean to curd, Asian Tofu is the perfect guide.

Review:

"The focus of this volume is specific but very deep. Nguyen (Into the Vietnamese Kitchen) knows her tofu, and she shares its history, a comprehensive guide to its variations, and a homemade tofu tutorial. And for cooks who don't aspire to DIY bean curd, this single-subject book offers 75 surprisingly diverse recipes featuring tofu as a star ingredient. Flavor-packed entries include spiced tofu and vegetable fritters; soft tofu and seafood hot pot; tofu and vegetables in coconut milk; and spicy lemongrass tofu salad. Just because it's all about tofu doesn't mean it's vegetarian; while there are certainly meatless and vegan options, the tofu steak burgers, for example, are topped with bacon. Tofu-centric desserts, such as cashew and cardamom fudge and tofu tiramisu are surprisingly tempting. Fans of Asian flavors who want to dig into a versatile ingredient will appreciate Nguyen's thorough effort." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Flavorful meditations on soy." Christine Mulhke, New York Times, Summer Cookbook roundup

Review:

"If you're the kind of person who has only one, or two, or three ways to prepare tofu — or is just plain mystified by the whole world of bean curd — Asian Tofu is a godsend." T. Susan Chang, National Public Radio, 2012's Best Summer Cookbooks

Review:

"Beautiful, knowledgeable and thorough, this is the best book on tofu to make its way to my bookshelves. Highly recommended." Carolyn J. Phillips, Zester Daily

Review:

"Andrea Nguyen's new cookbook, Asian Tofu (Ten Speed Press), might sound like a succinct, single-subject treatise. However, the book — her third — is actually a robust tome, almost like a biography of the soybean, from how it's used in multiple Asian cuisines to how it's relevant in contemporary American food culture." Priscilla Mayfield, Orange Coast Magazine

Review:

"This fresh, imaginative take on tofu includes an easy, practical lesson on making your own (we tried it, and it works like a charm), as well as a wide assortment of recipes for both traditional and imaginative foods....Nguyen makes it appealingly clear that tofu is to be prized for itself and not for its utility as a meat substitute." Kitchen Arts and Letters bookstore, Spring 2012 newsletter

Review:

"A whole cookbook devoted to tofu? Yes, please. Andrea Nguyen's newly released Asian Tofu is a gorgeous guide to all things bean curd." Caroline Russock, Serious Eats, Cook the Book feature

Review:

"Asian Tofu gives soybeans some much needed love. Punctuated with gorgeous images, the cookbook breaks down everything you need to know about tofu, from making it yourself to the various styles and uses in different cuisines. Goodbye, drab associations. Hello, full-flavored revelation." Tasting Table National

Review:

"Nguyen presents tofu recipes through a dazzling array of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other cuisines that are approachable and easy for the home cook." Garrett McCord, Huffington Post

Review:

"A fantastic fresh take on an ingredient that is, frankly, overlooked far too frequently." Eater National

Review:

"A keeper....If you're still reading this with the same 'I must make that!' enthusiasm we felt as we flipped through Asian Tofu, then yes, this is a must-have book." LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog, Cookbook of the Week

Review:

"Serious tofu lovers (and that includes me) will be amazed by the recipes and lore in Andrea Nguyen's masterful new book. Those more skeptical will become immediate converts to one of the world's most elemental, versatile, and delicious foods." James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and author of Cradle of Flavor

Review:

"Andrea Nguyen's exquisite book restores tofu to its proper place — one based on deep craft, elegance, and imagination. Here is tofu in its Asian context where it is deeply appreciated for its goodness, not the promises for health we Westerners have endowed it with. An altogether gorgeous work, Asian Tofu not only answers whatever questions you might have about tofu, but is graced with the author's adventures on the tofu trail." Deborah Madison, author of This Can't Be Tofu! and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Review:

"Andrea Nguyen has done it again, taking another subject that crosses many cultural lines — and can be a touch intimidating — and demystifying it, making one immediately want to try these techniques and recipes. The Homemade Tofu Tutorial at the beginning is inspiring and worth the price of admission alone." David Kinch, chef-owner of Manresa restaurant

Review:

"This book is worth buying just for the glorious Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth. But it is full of other tofu wonders from up and down the East Asian coast such as Soft Tofu and Seafood Hotpot and Savory Tofu Pudding. It will find much use on my shelf." Madhur Jaffrey, actress, cookbook author, and TV journalist

Synopsis:

A comprehensive guide to making tofu and cooking with it, featuring 75 versatile recipes from one of the country's leading voices on Asian cuisine.

Respected cooking teacher and popular blogger Andrea Nguyen showcases tofu in all of its forms in this horizon-expanding cookbook and enhanced digital edition featuring how-to videos and more. Andrea's tofu tutorial clearly outlines technique and guides home cooks through creating many varieties of tofu, and the flavor forward recipes explore the full range of traditional and modern tofu uses — from silken tofu pudding and a spicy "noodle" dish made with tender tofu skin to preparations using baked, smoked, marinated, or crumbled tofu as the star. A few recipes require homemade tofu but most are terrific with purchased tofu products and dishes are predominantly meatless or low-meat, making this cookbook ideal for vegetarians, vegans, those trying to reduce their meat intake, and DIY cooking enthusiasts.

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About the Author

Andrea Nguyen is one of the country's leading voices on Asian cuisine and the author of the acclaimed Asian Dumplings and the James Beard and IACP-nominated Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. She has written for Saveur magazine, where she is also a contributing editor, the Los Angeles Times, and many more publications. She is also the creator of the Asian Market Shopper app. Her engaging and knowledgeable writing on cuisine and culture has attracted a loyal and well-deserved readership that actively follows her blog, vietworldkitchen.com. Andrea lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction    1

Tofu Buying Guide    7

Tofu Cooking Tips    14

 

Homemade Tofu Tutorial 

Master Soy Milk Recipe    23

Silken Tofu    28

Tofu Pudding    30   

Block Tofu    32

Seasoned Pressed Tofu    38

Tea-Smoked Pressed Tofu    40

White Fermented Tofu    41

Fresh Tofu Skin    44

Soy-Simmered Fried Tofu    46

 

Fresh and Satisfying 

Snacks and Starters 

NAKED AND SIMPLE 

Japanese Chilled Tofu    51

Chilled Tofu with Crunchy Baby Sardines    53

Chilled Tofu with Spicy Sauce    54

Tofu Skin Sashimi    55

Tofu with Century Eggs    56

Savory Tofu Pudding    59

 

GRILLED AND FRIED

Miso-Glazed Broiled Tofu    61

Fermented Tofu, Lemongrass, and Goat Skewers    63

Grilled Crisp Tofu Pockets    67

Fried Tofu with Chile Peanut Sauce    69

Deep-Fried Tofu    70

 

CREATIVE AND MODERN 

Spiced Tofu and Vegetable Fritters    71 

Tofu French Fries    74

Fresh Tofu with Sauces and Toppings    75

 

Soothing and Soft 

Soups and Hot Pots 

CASUAL AND SPECIAL SOUPS

Tofu, Tomato, and Dill Soup    79

Miso Soup    80

Tofu, Seaweed, and Pork Soup    81

Hot-and-Sour Soup    82

Silken Tofu and Edamame Soup    84

Tofu Bamboo and Chicken Soup    86

 

WARMING HOT POTS

Warm Simmered Tofu    87

Silken Tofu and Seasoned Soy Milk Hot Pot    89

Soy Milk Lees and Kimchi Hot Pot    91

Soft Tofu and Seafood Hot Pot    93

Stuffed Tofu in Broth    94

 

Homey and Wholesome 

Main Dishes 

STIR-FRIED, PANFRIED, AND BRAISED

Stir-Fried Tofu, Shrimp, and Peas    100

Spicy Tofu with Beef and Sichuan Peppercorn    101

Panfried Tofu with Mushroom and Spicy Sesame Sauce    103

Tea-Smoked Tofu with Pepper and Pork    104

Bitter Melon with Tofu and Pork    106

Tofu with Tomato and Green Onion    107

Lemongrass Tofu with Chiles    108

Hakka-Style Stuffed Tofu    109

 

DEEP-FRIED AND ROASTED

Twice-Cooked Coriander Tofu    112

Soy Milk Lees and Vegetable Croquettes    114

Batter-Fried Tofu with Chile Soy Sauce    116

Roast Chicken with Red Fermented Tofu    117

Crisp Roasted Pork Belly    119

POACHED, SIMMERED AND STEAMED

Simmered Greens with Fried Tofu    121

Tofu and Vegetables in Coconut Milk     124

Spiced Tofu and Coconut in Banana Leaf    127

Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth    129

 

Versatile and Delicious 

Salads and Sides 

TOSSED

Tofu Noodle and Vegetable Salad    133

White Tofu, Sesame, and Vegetable Salad    135

Greens and Fried Tofu in Mustard Sauce    136

Spicy Lemongrass Tofu Salad    137

Pressed Tofu and Peanuts in Spicy Bean Sauce    138

 

SAUTEED, STIR-FRIED, AND SIMMERED 

Spicy Yuba Ribbons    139

Savory Soy Milk Lees with Vegetables    142

Bean Sprouts with Panfried Tofu and Chinese Chives    143

Tofu with Kimchi and Pork Belly    145

Water Spinach with Fermented Tofu    147

Fermented Tofu Simmered in Coconut Milk    148

 

Religion and Artistry 

Mock Meats 

Tofu and Vegetable Fritters    154

Sweet and Savory Tofu Eel    157

Bear Paw Tofu    159

Cellophane Noodle and Tofu Rolls    161

Savory Okara Crumbles    163

 

Building on Traditions 

Buns, Dumplings, Crepes, Noodles, and Rice 

Spicy-Sweet Fried Tofu Buns    167

Tofu Steak Burgers    170

Vegetarian Wontons in Chile Oil    172

Tofu, Pork, and Kimchi Dumplings    174

Chinese Chive and Pressed Tofu Turnovers    177

Spiced Chickpea Crepes with Soybean Paneer    179

Fried Shrimp Tofu Skin Rolls    182

Stir-Fried Thai Noodles    184

Foxy Tofu Noodle Soup    187

Sushi Rice in Tofu Pouches    188

Fried Rice with Fermented Red Tofu    191

 

Amazing Transformations 

Sweets and Dessert 

SOLIDIFIED, SQUEEZED, AND GRATED

Sweet Tofu Pudding with Ginger Syrup    195

Tofu Blancmange with Cured Pineapple and Lime    196

Essence of Tofu Ice Cream    198

Tofu Tiramisu    199

Cashew and Cardamom Fudge    201

 

BYPRODUCT BONUSES

Gingery Chocolate Chip Cookies    202

Okara Doughnuts    203

 

Basics 

Chinese Sweet Fragrant Soy Sauce    207

Japanese Seasoned Soy Concentrate    208

Korean Seasoned Soy Sauce    209

Thai Sweet Chile Sauce    210

Chile and Sichuan Peppercorn Mix    211

Fermented Tofu, Lemongrass, and Chile Sauce    212

Chile Oil    213

Chicken Stock    214

Dashi Stock    215

Savory Kelp Relish    216

Tamarind Liquid    217

Green Chutney    218

 

 

Ingredients    219

Selected Bibliography    224

Acknowledgments    225

Index    226

Measurement Conversion Charts    231

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607740254
Author:
Nguyen, Andrea
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Special Diets
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Vegetables General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 FULL-COLOR PHOTOS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.2 x 9.3 x 0.91 in 2.4188 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The focus of this volume is specific but very deep. Nguyen (Into the Vietnamese Kitchen) knows her tofu, and she shares its history, a comprehensive guide to its variations, and a homemade tofu tutorial. And for cooks who don't aspire to DIY bean curd, this single-subject book offers 75 surprisingly diverse recipes featuring tofu as a star ingredient. Flavor-packed entries include spiced tofu and vegetable fritters; soft tofu and seafood hot pot; tofu and vegetables in coconut milk; and spicy lemongrass tofu salad. Just because it's all about tofu doesn't mean it's vegetarian; while there are certainly meatless and vegan options, the tofu steak burgers, for example, are topped with bacon. Tofu-centric desserts, such as cashew and cardamom fudge and tofu tiramisu are surprisingly tempting. Fans of Asian flavors who want to dig into a versatile ingredient will appreciate Nguyen's thorough effort." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Flavorful meditations on soy."
"Review" by , "If you're the kind of person who has only one, or two, or three ways to prepare tofu — or is just plain mystified by the whole world of bean curd — Asian Tofu is a godsend."
"Review" by , "Beautiful, knowledgeable and thorough, this is the best book on tofu to make its way to my bookshelves. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Andrea Nguyen's new cookbook, Asian Tofu (Ten Speed Press), might sound like a succinct, single-subject treatise. However, the book — her third — is actually a robust tome, almost like a biography of the soybean, from how it's used in multiple Asian cuisines to how it's relevant in contemporary American food culture."
"Review" by , "This fresh, imaginative take on tofu includes an easy, practical lesson on making your own (we tried it, and it works like a charm), as well as a wide assortment of recipes for both traditional and imaginative foods....Nguyen makes it appealingly clear that tofu is to be prized for itself and not for its utility as a meat substitute."
"Review" by , "A whole cookbook devoted to tofu? Yes, please. Andrea Nguyen's newly released Asian Tofu is a gorgeous guide to all things bean curd."
"Review" by , "Asian Tofu gives soybeans some much needed love. Punctuated with gorgeous images, the cookbook breaks down everything you need to know about tofu, from making it yourself to the various styles and uses in different cuisines. Goodbye, drab associations. Hello, full-flavored revelation."
"Review" by , "Nguyen presents tofu recipes through a dazzling array of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other cuisines that are approachable and easy for the home cook."
"Review" by , "A fantastic fresh take on an ingredient that is, frankly, overlooked far too frequently."
"Review" by , "A keeper....If you're still reading this with the same 'I must make that!' enthusiasm we felt as we flipped through Asian Tofu, then yes, this is a must-have book."
"Review" by , "Serious tofu lovers (and that includes me) will be amazed by the recipes and lore in Andrea Nguyen's masterful new book. Those more skeptical will become immediate converts to one of the world's most elemental, versatile, and delicious foods."
"Review" by , "Andrea Nguyen's exquisite book restores tofu to its proper place — one based on deep craft, elegance, and imagination. Here is tofu in its Asian context where it is deeply appreciated for its goodness, not the promises for health we Westerners have endowed it with. An altogether gorgeous work, Asian Tofu not only answers whatever questions you might have about tofu, but is graced with the author's adventures on the tofu trail."
"Review" by , "Andrea Nguyen has done it again, taking another subject that crosses many cultural lines — and can be a touch intimidating — and demystifying it, making one immediately want to try these techniques and recipes. The Homemade Tofu Tutorial at the beginning is inspiring and worth the price of admission alone."
"Review" by , "This book is worth buying just for the glorious Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth. But it is full of other tofu wonders from up and down the East Asian coast such as Soft Tofu and Seafood Hotpot and Savory Tofu Pudding. It will find much use on my shelf."
"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive guide to making tofu and cooking with it, featuring 75 versatile recipes from one of the country's leading voices on Asian cuisine.

Respected cooking teacher and popular blogger Andrea Nguyen showcases tofu in all of its forms in this horizon-expanding cookbook and enhanced digital edition featuring how-to videos and more. Andrea's tofu tutorial clearly outlines technique and guides home cooks through creating many varieties of tofu, and the flavor forward recipes explore the full range of traditional and modern tofu uses — from silken tofu pudding and a spicy "noodle" dish made with tender tofu skin to preparations using baked, smoked, marinated, or crumbled tofu as the star. A few recipes require homemade tofu but most are terrific with purchased tofu products and dishes are predominantly meatless or low-meat, making this cookbook ideal for vegetarians, vegans, those trying to reduce their meat intake, and DIY cooking enthusiasts.

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