Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Simple Asian Meals by Nina Simonds

One cannot truly understand the wonder that is Asian food until they have had it homemade. There is something about the complexity of flavors and smells that is lost in most dining experiences. Nina Simonds offers simple and yet delicious alternatives to eating out. Her meals are easy enough for the least experienced cook. The book is filled with flavors that inspire a handful of recipes.
I like that she doesn’t offer tons of recipes but instead offers ways to alter the recipes she has listed. Cooking becomes comfortable when we are invited to experiment. I loved that she encouraged spices and that most of her flavors are easily attainable for those in the United States.
She finishes the book with Asian inspired desserts that complete the simple design. They are not overly sweet and most require little time to make them (she offers a recipe to make your own ice cream bon bons – I know what I am making this summer).
The last thing she did that I liked was dot the book with little trivia about the nutrition of the foods and Chinese medicine. It completed the whole picture of what the dish would be like for me. My ARC was in black and white which made me a little sad because the book is filled with beautiful pictures that could only get better in color.


Anonymous said...

Hi, can i ask you something? It's a bit off-topic but here it goes: I'm looking for children books with such "scary" illustrations like wolf (or fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding hood or birds in Chicken Little) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Have you seen any book of this sort? Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. Great blog, by the way ;)


Sara Thompson said...

Thanks - Neil Gaiman has Wolves in the Walls which has some scarier illustrations. If you are looking for Grimm story illustrations - then seek out older copies, many of them have some scary illustrations. You probably could preview them on google books since many of the classics are free there. A resource I use is dover - they not only have books but you can find cds of illustrations. Sign up for their free samples and weekly you'll get a variety of clips you can use. I have collected many older illustrations that way.