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Hungry for something good? Check out CCPL’s recommendations for some great books on Asian Cooking from Hoopla. These publications were chosen for their quality of content and accessibility in digital format – so you do not have to leave home to enjoy these great reads! 

Let’s Cook Japanese Food! by Amy Kaneko

Everyday Recipes for Authentic Dishes

New Jersey girl Amy Kaneko learned the art of Japanese cooking from her mother-in-law and sister-in-law after marrying into a Japanese family. In this cookbook, she shares what she learned, offering recipes for both family favorites and home versions of restaurant dishes. American readers will find a world beyond the familiar foods available in the US, and discover that they don’t need to go to a restaurant to enjoy this healthful, tasty cuisine. They’ll learn how to make home-style offerings like Gyoza and Tempura, as well as recipes that combine Japanese and Western influences such as Omu Rice, an omelet stuffed with tomato-y chicken fried rice.

In a helpful glossary, Kaneko identifies the basic ingredients and equipment needed to recreate these recipes in an average Western kitchen. Chapters devoted to Tofu and Eggs; Vegetables, Fish and Shellfish; Meat and Poultry; and Rice Noodles and Dumplings intersperse recipes with sections highlighting Japanese traditions, plus personal recollections on the author’s time living in Tokyo.

The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla

70 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes

This updated edition of Anupy Singla’s bestselling debut cookbook includes 15 additional Indian recipes developed specifically for the slow cooker. Since its original publication in 2010, The Indian Slow Cooker has become a touchstone primer for everyone seeking an accessible entry point to cooking authentic, healthy Indian fare at home. Taking full advantage of the ease and convenience of the slow cooker, these recipes are simpler than their traditional counterparts and healthier than restaurant favorites, as they don’t require extra oil and fat. Singla’s “Indian Spices 101” chapter introduces readers to the mainstay spices of an Indian kitchen, as well as how to store, prepare, and combine them in different ways. Among these 65 recipes are all the classics-specialties like dal, palak paneer, and aloo gobi-and dishes like butter chicken, keema, and much more. The result is a terrific introduction to healthful, flavorful Indian food made using the simplicity and convenience of the slow cooker.

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle

Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook

From delicious dals to rich curries, flatbreads, savory breakfasts, snacks, and much more, this book brings you Richa Hingle’s collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, local foods, and proven methods. Whether you want to enjoy Indian cooking, try some new spices, or add more protein to your meals using legumes and lentils, this book has got it covered. You’ll explore some well-known and new Indian flavors that are easy to make in your own kitchen. Learn the secrets of eclectic Indian taste and textures, and discover meals in which pulses and vegetables are the stars of the dish. And once you taste Richa’s mouth-watering desserts, they will likely become your new favorites. Within these pages you will find recipes to please all the senses, including: • Mango Curry Tofu • Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Makhani Gravy • Baked Lentil Kachori Pastries • Quick Tamarind-Date Chutney • Avocado Naan • Fudgy Cardamom Squares The recipes have been designed to simplify complex procedures, and Richa’s workflow tips incorporate modern appliances and techniques from other cuisines to reduce cooking times. Replacement spices are indicated wherever possible, and Richa also provides alternatives and variations that allow people to be playful and creative with the spices called for in the recipes. The restaurant-quality recipes are ideal to make for yourself, for family, and for entertaining guests.Sidebars.Tips.Index.Full-color photos.

660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer

Curry is Salmon with Garlic and Turmeric. Curry is Grilled Chicken with Cashew-Tomato Sauce. Curry is Asparagus with Tomato and Crumbled Paneer. Curry is Lamb with Yellow Split Peas, Chunky Potatoes with Spinach, Tamarind Shrimp with Coconut Milk, Baby Back Ribs with a Sweet-Sour Glaze and Vinegar Sauce, Basmati Rice with Fragrant Curry Leaves. Curry is vivid flavors, seasonal ingredients, a kaleidoscope of spices and unexpected combinations. And 660 Curries is the gateway to the world of Indian cooking, demystifying one of the world’s great cuisines. Presented by the IACP award–winning Cooking Teacher of the Year (2004), Raghavan Iyer, 660 Curries is a joyous food-lover’s extravaganza. Mr. Iyer first grounds us in the building blocks of Indian flavors-the interplay of sour (like tomatoes or yogurt), salty, sweet, pungent (peppercorns, chiles), bitter, and the quality of unami (seeds, coconuts, and the like). Then, from this basic palette, he unveils an infinite art. There are appetizers-Spinach Fritters, Lentil Dumplings in a Buttermilk Coconut Sauce-and main courses-Chicken with Lemongrass and Kaffir-Lime Leaves, Lamb Loin Chops with an Apricot Sauce. Cheese dishes-Pan-Fried Cheese with Cauliflower and Cilantro; bean dishes-Lentil Stew with Cumin and Cayenne. And hundreds of vegetable dishes-Sweet Corn with Cumin and Chiles, Chunky Potatoes with Golden Raisins, Baby Eggplant Stuffed with Cashew Nuts and Spices. There are traditional, regional curries from around the subcontinent and contemporary curries. Plus all the extras: biryanis, breads, rice dishes, raitas, spice pastes and blends, and rubs.curry, n.-any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables, or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy, or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground and very fragrant spices and/or herbs.

Asian Cooking Made Easy by Various Authors

Nutritious Meals In Minutes

Part of the Learn to Cook series

Asian Cooking Made Easy features over 40 delicious recipes from the kitchens of China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Treat yourself to the authentic tastes and sensations of Asian food, from delightful starters such as Crabmeat Omelet to tasty seafood and noodle recipes including Fish Steaks in Fragrant Coconut Gravy and Singapore Hokkien Mee. Taste the subtle blends and rich flavors of Asian cuisine with this handy cookbook. Featuring easy, clear recipes and step-by-step photographs, along with a glossary of ingredients, Asian Cooking Made Easy will help ensure fantastic results every time!

Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook by Corinne Trang

Simple, Fresh Meals Perfect for Every Day

The Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook is the first book that takes the naturally healthy recipes and meals of Asian cuisine and crafts them specifically for people with diabetes. Authored by Corinne Trang, who was dubbed by The Washington Post “the Julia Child of Asian cuisine,” this unique collection of recipes will be attractive to anyone with diabetes looking for a fresh approach to diabetes-friendly cooking. With more than 125 recipes, this compilation of simple comfort foods from all over Asia will include classics such as wontons and fresh spring rolls, and more contemporary recipes like garden tomatoes and mixed greens salad tossed in an Asian-inspired dressing blending soy sauce, sesame oil, and wasabi. The recipes are nutritionally sound, with plenty of fresh vegetables and complex flavors using readily available ingredients, and they rely on healthy cooking techniques such as steaming, stir-frying, braising, and grilling. The book will open with shopping and stocking techniques, including tips on building a basic pantry of Asian ingredients. Then readers will find recipes covering everything from soups and stews to meat and poultry. Each recipe will be broken down with easy step-by-step instructions, as well as menu ideas for serving one, two, four, or more. An added benefit will be a chapter titled “On The Go, Bento!” which shows how leftovers and ready-made sides can be quickly assembled into an on-the-go lunch. Filled with a wide variety of vegetables, whole grains, and protein-based dishes, readers will discover countless new flavors to enjoy with their family. With meals inspired by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian food cultures, the Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook will become a “go-to” book for Asian-inspired diabetes-friendly meals.

Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals by Patricia Tanumihardja

Fast, Fresh & Affordable

Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals shows you how to cook all your favorite Asian dishes at home using healthy, inexpensive ingredients and your Instant Pot! In this cookbook, Asian-American food expert Pat Tanumihardja shows you how to buy fresh ingredients, condiments and spices from your local supermarket, farmers market or health food store on a budget, then how to use them to prepare delicious and flavorful Asian dishes using an Instant Pot. The author takes you through all the basics-including making rice and soup stocks-then shows you how to prepare all the popular dishes you love, including:

  • Sweet and Sour Pork (Chinese)
  • Lemon Teriyaki Chicken (Japanese)
  • Kalbijjim Braised Beef Short Ribs (Korean)
  • Chicken Adobo (Filipino)
  • Pho Chicken Noodle Soup (Vietnamese)
  • Pad Thai Rice Noodles (Thai)
  • Red Lentil Dal with Dates and Caramelized Onions (Indian)

To round off the menu, Tanumihardja even presents a handful of popular Asian desserts and snacks. Sticky rice with mango or Filipino caramel flan? As the author reveals, everything is possible in your Instant Pot, and this cookbook shows you how to do it!

Authentic Recipes From Indonesia by Lother Arsana

Part of the Authentic Recipes series

Cook delicious and surprisingly easy dishes with this beautifully illustrated Indonesian cookbook. Authentic Recipes from Indonesia includes over 60 easy-to-follow recipes with detailed descriptions of ingredients and cooking methods, enabling the reader to reproduce the flavors of authentic Indonesian food at home. The fabled Spice Islands of Indonesia encompass the most astonishing physical and cultural diversity in Asia. Authentic Recipes from Indonesia introduces a sampling of the most popular Indonesian food from across the archipelago. Included in this unique collection are spicy Padang favorites from West Sumatra, healthy Javanese vegetable creations, succulent satay and poultry dishes from Bali and Lombok, and unusual recipes from Kalimantan and the eastern isles of Flores and Timor. In addition to the range of exciting recipes, this book acquaints readers with Indonesia’s varied cultural and culinary traditions.

Featured Indonesian recipes include:

  • Avocado Smoothies
  • Balinese Style Chicken or Duck Satay 
  • Beef with Coconut Fragrant 
  • Chili Sambal 
  • Pork Stewed with Potatoes
  • Shrimp in Hot Coconut Sauce
  • And many more…

Increasing numbers of travelers are discovering the rich cultural diversity of Indonesia, venturing off the beaten Bali-Java-Sumatra tourist track. Let Authentic Recipes From Indonesia take you on a voyage of culinary discovery.

Food Of The Philippines by Reynaldo G. Alejandro

Learn authentic and delicious Filipino recipes along with culinary culture and history with this beautifully illustrated Philippines cookbook. From the national dishes such as adobe, lechon and sinigang, to the fiery foods of the Bicol region where coconut milk is a favored ingredient, Filipino food is a concoction of tantalizing textures, flavors and colors. Superb color photographs and detailed information on local ingredients make The Food of the Philippines perfect for anyone curious about the culinary delights of the Pearl of the Orient.

Featured Filipino recipes include:

  • Fish Ceviche
  • Pork Cracklings
  • Chicken Soup with Coconut 
  • Simmered Vegetables with Shrimp
  • Fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce
  • Rich Beef Stew
  • Chicken and Pork Adobo
  • And many more!

East Meets Vegan by Sasha Gill

The Best of Asian Home Cooking, Plant-Based and Delicious

Ninety recipes from six Asian countries capture the color, spice, and comfort of classic dishes-now totally vegan. East Meets Vegan is your new passport to foods from all over Asia, offering both the tastes and nostalgia of home-cooked favorites with health and sustainability in mind. Drawing on the traditional menus of six Asian countries-India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Japan-22-year-old food blogger and medical student Sasha Gill shares the secrets of how she keeps her diverse Asian kitchen simple, affordable, yet always delicious.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Plant-based versions of Asian favorites: spring rolls, red bean pancakes, and mango lassis
  • Can’t-believe-it’s-vegan twists: Tandoori cauliflower “wings,” pineapple fried rice, jackfruit biryani, and a nigiri sushi feast to feed a crowd
  • A mix-and-match guide: Combine leftovers for personalized Asian fusion.

Saturated with mouthwatering photography, East Meets Vegan takes you on a life-changing culinary journey from the comfort of your own kitchen.