Accessible (Mostly) Southeast Asian Cookbooks
a book list by Krista Garcia, author of Goodies First and lover of all things Southeast Asian
I just realized that I have close to 100 Asian cookbooks spanning much of the continent (with the odd exception of Korea — Iíll have to rectify that) and yet I only crack open a fraction of them on a regular basis. Every time I visit places like Malaysia, Singapore or Hong Kong, I sacrifice space for souvenirs in my overloaded suitcase for cookbooks instead. But itís not as if you canít find engaging Southeast Asian cookbooks in America. This list contains useful books that are easy to find in the United States because obscure doesnít always mean better.
A note from Flashlight Worthy:
"Is it possible to be nostalgic for a past thatís not even your own? Itís fun finding about the jello molds and tuna casseroles of another countryís past. I never knew there was a Russian craze in Singapore in the†í70s (you can still find restaurants serving bastardized borscht there and in Hong Kong) or had heard of Maryland chicken, which is like nothing youíd find in America. Battered poultry pieces served with corn fritters bacon and fried bananas?"
Wow. Now I wish the book were available. It sounds really... interesting.
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About Krista Garcia
I’m a librarian by training though I don’t work with books (or the public). I do collect cookbooks, however, heavy on Southeast Asia and mid-century Americana. Goodies First is my NYC-centric outlet for writing about food and dining.
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