The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens
By Patricia Tanumihardja
Asian grandmothers--whether of Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Indian descent--are the keepers of the cultural, and culinary, flame. Their mastery of delicious home-cooked dishes and comfort food makes them the ideal source for this cookbook. Pat Tanumihardja has assembled 130 tantalizing dishes from real Chinese Garlic Fried Rice to the timeless Filipino Chicken Adobo to the ultimate Japanese comfort dish Oyako Donburi. This is hearty food, brightly flavored, equally good to look at and eat. Flavors range from soy and ginger to hot chilies, fragrant curries, and tart vinegars.
Tanumihardja has translated all of the recipes to work in modern home kitchens. Many of the recipes have been handed down verbally from mother to daughter for generations, and some appear in tested and written form for the first time. With color photographs throughout and profiles of the charming grandmothers behind the dishes, this one-of-a-kind cookbook also includes a glossary explaining the ingredients found in the Asian pantry, from the many kinds of rice and curries to unfamiliar but flavorful vegetables. Paper: 347 pp.