Chinese food is one type of food that I struggle with in the kitchen, so when Lucky Peach hit the shelves and proclaimed to have 101 easy Asian recipes, I was excited to read it. The book starts with a quick rundown of equipment that is needed for Asian cooking as well as an entire section on what you need in your pantry. I really appreciated the Pictorial Pantry on p. 16-17. From there author, Peter Meehan, jumps right in with recipes broken down into 12 chapters.
When I got into the chapters of the book, I was hoping to see lots of different common dishes you see in Chinese restaurants like Mongolian Beef and Moo Goo Gai Pan. However, I was a bit disappointed because there were very few of those. I was excited to see Kung Pao Shrimp on p. 238. I am dying to try the Dollar Dumplings and Sauce on p. 60-61. Many of the recipes were ones that I’ve never heard of, but there are several that do have me intrigued, like the Beef Noodle Soup and Chinese Sausage Fried Rice. I recommend this book for those that want to try some new Asian recipes and aren’t looking for your everyday Chinese recipes.
I am thankful for Blogging for Books who sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.