Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes (Hardcover)
Hidden in what seems to be a colossal visual/printing joke (this very 1970's-era looking cookbook) lie various actual "traditional" Asian food dishes, such as "Mall Chicken" and "Chinesey Cucumber Salad," that will take many readers back to happy family outings at the food court. When I first saw it, I thought it was some sort of re-issue of a Reader's Digest book that my mother used to have. But no, these folks just did a wonderful love-letter to those of us old enough to remember the comfort of well done Moo Shu Pancakes. This is a wonderful gift for the nostalgic foodie or cook in your life. -- Moe F.— From Beautiful Gift Books - Holidays 2015
“Delicious, straightforward recipes ... fill Lucky Peach: 101 Easy Asian Recipes, along with romping commentary that makes the book fun to read as well as to cook from.” —Associated Press
Beholden to bold flavors and not strict authenticity, the editors of Lucky Peach present a compendium of 101 easy, Asian recipes that hit the sweet spot between craveworthy and stupid simple and are destined to become favorites. Your friends and lovers will marvel as you show off your culinary worldliness, whipping up meals with fish-sauce-splattered panache and all the soy-soaked, ginger-scalliony goodness you could ever want—all for dinner tonight. You'll never have a reason to order take-out again.
About the Author
LUCKY PEACH uses food as a filter to tell stories about people, places, traditions, flavors, shared experiences, and cultural identities. Smart, thoughtful writing and influential design have made Lucky Peach’s quarterly magazine one of the world’s most trusted and fiercely loved culinary resources. In 2015, Lucky Peach expanded its mission with an award-winning website, cookbooks, and live events.
PETER MEEHAN is the editor and cofounder of Lucky Peach. A former columnist for the New York Times, he is also the coauthor of numerous cookbooks including the New York Times bestselling Momofuku and The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual. He lives in New York.
“This book reminds us of: Ivan Ramen meets Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?—with some of the ballsiness and spunk of Joe Beef.” —Food52.com
“We’ve been turning to the brand-new cookbook from Lucky Peach almost daily in the past few weeks: They’ve managed to take some theoretically difficult Asian concepts and make them really accessible and easy, without sacrificing any of the taste... [E]verything that we’ve tried is great and full of authentic flavor...” —Goop.com
"A truly essential cookbook does more than dispense recipes—it decodes techniques, demystifies ingredients, and explains the thinking behind each dish. [Lucky Peach 101 Easy Asian Recipes does] all that and more..." —GQ, one of "Ten Kitchen Bibles Every Man Should Own"
“Sure, the recipes are clear and well-written. The introductions and explanations are charming, and that incredible shot of the Lacquered Roast Chicken looks like exactly what I want to eat right now. But my favorite parts of this book (which comes out of a brilliant food magazine run by chef David Chang and food writer Peter Meehan) are the huge photo spreads detailing exactly which brands of Asian ingredients the authors favor--sure to save this intrepid shopper many hours of scrutinizing different bottles of cooking wine, preserved black beans and jars of spicy chili crisp in the aisles of her local Chinese supermarket.” —Rose Friedman, NPR.org, "staff pick" and one of "2015's Great Reads"
“[W]hen it comes to getting quick and delicious Asian-inspired meals on the table, the Lucky Peach team definitely delivers. Add practical advice on ingredients and equipment and there’s simply no excuse for ordering takeout.” —Yahoo! Food, "2015's Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gift Giving"
“If you are a busy home cook with an inclination towards Asian flavors, you need this cookbook. Because Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach magazine? They’re not messing around when it comes to easy recipes. That on its own would be enough, but the recipes are written with such a joy and sense of humor that it’s actually fun to cook from, too. ” —Epicurious.com, "Best Cookbooks of 2015"
“Recipes meant for real-world kitchens.” —Parade
“Think the Momofuku cookbook crossed with your grandma’s recipe Rolodex.” —Grub Street
“Cultishly loved themed food quarterly Lucky Peach has unleashed the nostalgic-yet-forward-looking home cooking book of our dreams.” —Eater.com
“Meehan and the team behind indie magazine Lucky Peach create great versions of Asian takeout favorites, many adapted from recipes by chefs.” —Food & Wine
“These tasty creations involve zero tricky frying but lots of flavor.” —Entertainment Weekly
“This is an outstanding, practical guide sure to inspire even the most discouraged home cook.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Delicious, straightforward recipes for items such as shrimp-and-chive dumplings and the Japanese pancake called okonomiyaki fill Lucky Peach: 101 Easy Asian Recipes, along with romping commentary that makes the book fun to read as well as to cook from.” —Associated Press