Lucky Peach 101 Easy Asian Recipes is the perfect cookbook for someone who loves non-traditional Asian food. The recipes are simple and the ingredients are obtainable; both with the home cook in mind. The book starts off like most with an introduction into necessary equipment and pantry items. The pantry items were divided into 3 levels, basic, intermediate and champion. All levels thoughtfully explain ingredients with photos showing the brands that they recommend and use themselves.
My favorite chapter is the one titled Super Sauces. The premise of this chapter is that these “Super Sauces can be dumped over nearly any food lingering in your fridge to make delicious dinners".
Some of the text is slightly sarcastic, a type of writing that I very much enjoy. A great read, reminding one not to take themselves too seriously in the kitchen.
I prepared the Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce which was delicious. The bok choy was blanched until crisp-tender, the garlic chopped and cooked in oil until golden brown. I served these greens topped with the garlic and a drizzle of oyster sauce over a bed of brown rice. Any type of greens could be substituted here. Next on my list to make is the Carrot-Ginger Dressing which looks good enough to eat by the bowlful.
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.