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A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Paperback from Voice
Media Published: 2011-02-08
ISBN: 1401341284

"Starting with charred fried rice and ending with flaky pineapple tarts, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan takes us along on a personal journey that most can only fantasize about--an exploration of family history and culture through a mastery of home-cooked dishes. Tan's delectable education through the landscape of Singaporean cuisine teaches us that food is the tie that binds."
--Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

After growing up in the most food-obsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America--proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But as a thirtysomething fashion writer in New York, she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. Was it too late to learn the secrets of her grandmothers' and aunties' kitchens, as well as the tumultuous family history that had kept them hidden before? In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but long-buried stories of past generations.

A Tiger in the Kitchen, which includes ten authentic recipes for Singaporean classics such as pineapple tarts and Teochew braised duck, is the charming, beautifully written story of a Chinese-Singaporean ex-pat who learns to infuse her New York lifestyle with the rich lessons of the Singaporean kitchen, ultimately reconnecting with her family and herself.

Praise for A Tiger in the Kitchen

"Cheryl Tan, a Tiger in the Kitchen, keeps coming back to Singapore in pursuit of the haunting flavors of childhood meals and finds a part of herself she didn't know existed in the kitchens of her loving aunties."
--Gael Greene,

"How does a NYC fashion journalist find herself in Singapore tackling 3000 pineapple tarts, rice dumplings, and other Teochew dishes? Along with the author, we discover the secrets of a culture through the language of the kitchen in this ultimate cure for culinary homesickness."
--Kim Sunée, author of Trail of Crumbs

Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight Your Family and Friends
Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight Your Family and Friends
by Miki Garcia
Hardcover from Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804840881 Each region of the Philippines has its own distinct food culture, just like the regional differences so common in the United States. The Filipino Cookbook is a collection of 85 tried and tested recipes that relate the secrets and soul of the cultural mosaic that is the Philippines.
This delightful collection showcases the full range of authentic Filipino dishes from the famous vegetable dishes of the Tagalog peninsula to the seafood and noodles of the Visayan Islands and the spicy and colorful curries of Mindanao. Learn to make a perfect Pinakbet (Sauteed Vegetables with Shrimp Paste) or a delicious Halo-Halo (Mixed Fruits Dessert). Regale your friends with a wonderfully easy Paella (Rice and Seafood Medley) and Morcon (Stuffed Beef Roll) or an amazing bowl of Pininyahang Manok (Chicken with Pineapple). Utilizing readily available ingredients, The Filipino Cookbook allows the home cook to create authentic Filipino food at home, whether you are one of the 4 million Filipino-Americans living in the United States or simply interested in trying something new.
Fine Filipino Food
Fine Filipino Food
by Karen Hulene Bartell
Paperback from Hippocrene Books
ISBN: 0781812119
A testament to the rich mix of cultures that have influenced the cuisine of the Philippines, "Fine Filipino Food" includes more than 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, a glossary of ingredients, and a guide to ingredient substitutions.
Trader Vic s Tiki Party!: Cocktails and Food to Share with Friends
Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails and Food to Share with Friends
by Stephen Siegelman
Hardcover from Ten Speed Press
Media Published: 2005-04-01
ISBN: 1580085563
The tiki volcano is erupting all over again, and now Trader Vic's, the legendary purveyor of Polynesian food, drinks, and fantasy, wants to help us bring it all home. Step behind the bar and into the kitchen at Trader Vic's and learn how to create the kind of tiki magic that made "the Trader" famous. It's all here: recipes for 95 of the restaurant's best-loved tropical cocktails and after-dinner drinks along with more than 35 party-friendly recipes for pupus, tidbits, finger food, entrées, and desserts--all adapted from the past and present menus of Trader Vic's. Dozens of tips and ideas for inexpensive, easy tiki decorating and entertaining at home are included, as is a guide to the basics of bartending equipment and techniques. Whether it's a blowout tiki party for friends or a spontaneous occasion to dust off the shaker, this book brings favorite concoctions from Trader Vic's into your home.
  • An entertaining guide from Trader Vic's restaurant including 130 recipes for cocktails, pupus, finger food, entrées, and desserts.
  • A follow-up to the popular THE GREAT TIKI DRINK BOOK.
  • Trader Vic's has 21 company-owned and franchised restaurants around the world--from Emeryville, California; to Berlin, Germany; and Osaka, Japan.
  • Cocktail recipes include the Samoan Fog Cutter, the Tiki Puka Puka, Scorpion, the Kamaiina, and The Original Mai Tai, invented by Trader Vic himself in 1944.
  • Appetizer recipes include crowd-pleasing pan-Asian small plates and nibbles, like Crispy Prawns, Cha Siu Pork, Ahi Tuna Poke, and Key Lime Chiffon Tartlets.
  • Throw a rocking tiki party using the decorating, music-selection, bar-stocking, and menu-planning tips found here.
    The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong
    The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong
    by Alan Wong, Arnold Hiura
    Hardcover from Watermark Publishing
    ISBN: 1935690078
    Eleven years after publishing his much-acclaimed first cookbook, Alan Wong's New Wave Luau, Hawaii's master chef has new stories to tell and fresh recipes to share with his legions of devotees. The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong features 70 memorable dishes representing the best of Chef Alan, his innovative menus and the creative cooks and staff members who develop and refine them.
    With stunning food photography and more than 200 individual recipes, The Blue Tomato confirms Chef Alan's place at the leading edge of the culinary arts. Here are time-proven favorites, inventive new dishes and ingenious adaptations of the multi-ethnic fare of the Pacific Rim.
    More than just a cookbook, The Blue Tomato is a testament to Alan Wong's conviction that anything is possible in today's culinary arena--with the right mix of creativity, persistence and innovative thinking. Chef Alan presents a fresh, new approach to cooking and menu planning--an indispensable guide for the home cook and, at the same time, a collector's-edition blueprint for the evolution of contemporary cuisine.
    Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian Cuisine
    Singaporean, Malaysian & Indonesian Cuisine
    by Christina Sjahir Hwang, Wei-Chuan Publishing
    Paperback from Wei-Chuan Publishing
    ISBN: 094167682X
    The dishes of Singapore combine spices and cuisine from all over Asia. Hainan Chicken and Rice (Nasi Ayam), Noodles in Spicy Coconut Milk Soup (Laksa Lemak), and Spiced Sparerib Soup (Bak Kut Teh) are Singapore s most popular dishes. Malaysian cuisine combines the delicacy of Chinese food with Indian spices and regional herbs; famous dishes include Penang Noodle Soup (Penang Laksa), Lacy Pancakes (Roti Jala) and Beef Sate (Sate Daging). Indonesian food is known for its unique and exceptional spicy aromas and flavoured dishes such as Sticky Yellow Rice (Nasi Kunjit) with Spicy Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk (Rendang Ayam), Batavia Beef Soup with Glass Noodles (Soto Betawi) and Balinese Fried Fish (Ikan Bumbu Bali). Rarely indeed, has a cookbook come along that combines within one cookbook cover, the tantalising cuisine from these three cultures so well.
    The Filipino-American Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Contemporary Flavors
    The Filipino-American Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Contemporary Flavors
    by Jennifer M. Aranas, Brian Briggs, Michael Lande
    Hardcover from Tuttle Publishing
    ISBN: 0804838364 Containing over 100 traditional and modern adaptations of Filipino recipes, this cookbook is perfect for Americans with little to no experience with Filipino cuisine, and for Filipino-Americans interested in learning new adaptations of traditional dishes. A comprehensive guide, The Filipino-American Kitchen includes a brief culinary history of the Philippines, a list of Filipino ingredients used in the recipes, and a guide to navigating Asian grocery stores. There is also a resource section for ordering ingredients online or directly from stores, followed by 10 chapters of recipes organized by course, with main courses organized by food type. Anyone interested in Filipino cooking will find this book an invaluable resource.
    Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia
    Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia
    by James Oseland
    Hardcover from W. W. Norton & Company
    ISBN: 0393054772

    The first book to reveal the undiscovered jewels of Southeast Asian cuisine.
    Just when you thought you knew everything about Asian food, along comes James Oseland's Cradle of Flavor. Oseland has spent two decades exploring the foods of the Spice Islands. Few can introduce us to the birthplace of spice as he does. He brings us the Nyonya dishes of Singapore and Malaysia, the fiery specialties of West Sumatra, and the spicy-aromatic stews of Java. Oseland culled his recipes from twenty years of intimate contact with home cooks and diverse markets. He presents them here in easily made, accessible recipes, perfect for today's home cook. Included is a helpful glossary (illustrated in color in one of the picture sections) of all the ingredients you need to make the dishes and where and how to buy them. With Cradle of Flavor, fans of Javanese Satay, Singaporean Stir-Fried Noodles, and Indonesian curries can finally make them in their own kitchen.

    Roy s Fish and Seafood: Recipes from the Pacific Rim
    Roy's Fish and Seafood: Recipes from the Pacific Rim
    by Roy Yamaguchi, John Harrisson
    Hardcover from Ten Speed Press
    Media Published: 2005-06-01
    ISBN: 1580084826
    Owner of the critically acclaimed Roy's restaurants, public television host and celebrated chef Roy Yamaguchi is considered one of today's greatest seafood chefs and has been credited with reinventing Hawaiian cuisine. In ROY'S FISH AND SEAFOOD, Chef Yamaguchi explains the uses, flavors, cooking qualities, and specific varieties of 25 key types of seafood, including tuna, mahi-mahi, ehu, opah, sea bass, lobster, squid, and scallops as well as their potential substitutions. Chef Yamaguchi has created incredible recipes for each variety of seafood, such as Roy's Signature Blackened Ahi with Soy-Mustard Sauce, Crab and Potato-Crusted Ono with Creamed Spinach and Bacon, Pan-Seared Butterfish with Coconut Sauce and Kalua Pork Miso, and Spicy Tempura Shrimp with Mango-Avocado Salad. This collection of delicious recipes and indispensable preparation information will inform and inspire any lover of seafood.A full-color cookbook featuring 100 fish and seafood recipes as well as information about each variety of seafood from Hawaiian chef Roy Yamaguchi.Chef Yamaguchi's cooking show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi, airs on public television stations nationwide.

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