Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes is such an interesting book to read. I’m not sure if the team at Lucky Peach was poking fun at Asian cuisine or trying to introduce delicious but simple Asian food to the public with the premise of no frying, no sub-recipes, and 100% inauthentic. The book started off with a quick intro into necessary equipment and pantry items accompanied by very useful pictures of what the items look like. Broken into many chapters that include cold dishes, breakfast, pancakes, soups and stews, noodles, rices, warm vegetables, chicken, meats, seafood, super sauces, and dessert, there’s something for everyone. Many classic dishes like green papaya salad, dumplings, miso soup, okonomiyaki, Massaman curry, pad see ew, chicken adobo, Hainan chicken rice, and kung pao shrimp are included but don’t expect every single Asian dish featured. If you’re looking for a comprehensive book on Asian cuisine, you’re looking in the wrong place. Scanning through the recipes, I’m familiar with ninety percent of the dishes and probably won’t be cooking from it. Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes would be perfect for someone who’s interested in Asian food but doesn’t know where to start. It’s like a mini introduction to Asian food just to whet your appetite. I have mixed feeling about this cookbook and don’t know if I hate it or like and highly recommend stopping at your local bookstore and flipping through it before buying.
*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher