Synopses & Reviews
You might have sampled Thai, Japanese, or Vietnamese dishes in your local restaurants but were reluctant to try cooking them at home. Now Madhur Jaffrey's Step-by-Step Cooking brings the freshness and intensity of Asian cuisine into your own kitchen. With carefully selected recipes from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India, Madhur Jaffrey, in an easy-to-follow, inviting format, offers a broad range of these distinctive individual cuisines united by many common ingredients and cooking techniques.One ingredient -- shrimp -- may be stir-fried with asparagus in Hong Kong, dipped in batter and fried in Tokyo, or stirred into a coconut sauce in Malaysia. A combination of cooking techniques (grilling, steaming, stir-frying, and marinating) and seasonings (chilies, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass) will enable you to produce highly nutritious and delicious food with ease and exciting variety. A basic dish of blanched vegetables becomes unforgettable when tossed with a delectable, instant dressing of grated coconut, red chilies, lime juice, sugar, and chili powder. The bursting, contrasting flavors of hot and sweet, sour and salty can be captured in Thailand's popular Tom Yam Kung (Hot and Sour Prawn Soup); herbs verdant as a summer garden combine with extraordinary results in Thit Bo Kho (Aromatic and Spicy Beef Stew) of Vietnam; and the delectable lightness of India's Kulfi (Ice Cream with Cardamom and Pistachios) is the perfect dessert for any meal.Tantalizing recipes for more than 150 dishes fill these pages -- soups and first courses; fish and seafood; poultry and eggs; meat; vegetables and salads; rice, pancakes, and noodles; dips, sauces, and garnishes; desserts and drinks -- and represent the extensive palate of Asian culinary treasures. Madhur Jaffrey also outlines key ingredients and equipment you'll need and demonstrates essential techniques with easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs. Peppered with invaluable tips, personal anecdotes, and suggestions for complete meals, each page of this cookbook conveys Madhur's lifelong passion for the different regions of Asia and their food.
Award-winning chef and bestselling author Madhur Jaffrey offers her favorite dishes from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, China, and Japan in this comprehensive volume. Carefully selected from each country s culinary treasures, these recipes represent a dazzling variety of the most recognized and beloved dishes: like Thailand s Tom Yam Kung Soup, Vietnamese Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass, India s Rice Pudding with Cardamom and Pistachios th make preparing Asian food easy and exciting. Special features include descriptions of basic techniques, equipment, ingredients, suppliers, and special stocks, as well as complete meal menus in both simple and more elaborate formats.
About the Author
Madhur Jaffrey is one of the most respected authorities on Indian and far Eastern cuisine. She was born in Delhi, India, and began her career as an actress. She published her first cookbook, An invitation to Indian Cooking, in 1973, and it made her a household name. Since then she has written several others, including Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey's Quick-and-Easy Indian Cooking, and Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. She has traveled extensively throughout the Far East and lives in New York.