Thursday, February 14, 2013

Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites


Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites

The subtitle of Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites perfectly sums up the book:  “100 Recipes that are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper.”  

The book begins with an intro by Jaden Hair, who most people know from her Steamy Kitchen blog.  She talks about her early years in Hong Kong, growing up in Nebraska and her current homesteading lifestyle.  Touching on topics like her blogging and her fabulous food photographs.

After the intro the book is divided into 9 sections:  Soups, Pickles & Sauces, Salads & Dressings, Little Bites, Share, Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Meat & Seafood, Noodles & Rice, and Sweets & Libations.

Soups opens up with the basic stocks including dashi and miso.  I loved the sound of them all but marked to try:

  • Thai Tom Yum Soup (2 versions)
  • Hot & Sour Soup
  • Healing Chicken Ginger Soup

Pickles & Sauces – I found lot’s to love here:

  • Gari (pickled ginger)
  • Korean Bean Sprout Salad
  • Cucumber Apple Kimchi

Salads & Dressings – there is a great variety of dressings and some fabulous sounding salads:

  • Simple Citrus Dressing
  • Big Salmon Salad
  • Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas

Little Bites:

  • Korean Beef Bites
  • Chicken Mango Lettuce Cups


  • Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Roast Pork
  • Japanese Hot Pot

Vegetables, Tofu and Eggs:

  • Roasted Kabocha Squash
  • Baby Bok Choy with Garlic and Ginger

Meat and Seafood:

  • Chinese Style Parchment Fish
  • Lemon Chicken

Noodles and Rice – One of my favorite sections!

  • Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Bowl
  • Vegetables and Egg Ramen Noodle Soup
  • Dan Dan Mien
  • Singapore Rice Noodles

Sweet and Libations – tied for my favorite section with the noodles and rice!

  • Ginger Black Tea
  • Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger Herbal Infusion
  • Banana Nutella Ice Cream
  • Mango Brulee
  • Sparkling Vietnamese Limeade

The book ends with a thorough explanation and description of ingredients that one might not be familiar with.  It is divided into the subheadings:  Vegetables, Herbs/Aromatics, Noodles/Rice, Wrappers, Sauces & Condiments.

A very well put together cookbook with lovely photographs and very doable recipes!

**I received an advanced reading copy of this book to review.  Thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.


Joanne said...

sounds like an AWESOME cookbook!! I've heard many good things about it and can't wait to get it!

Esme said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and the kitties.

Judi said...

Love the food but would love to learn how to prepare for myself. Sounds like a good place to start.

Marjie said...

Ah, Pam and the cookbooks. You make me want all of them.

shabby girl said...

Oh my goodness! These hit my hot buttons; especially the Tom Yum Soup and the Rice Vermicelli Noodles! WoW!

Chris said...

I bought a copy already and it arrived Wednesday, can't wait to get into it this weekend.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to have a look out for it.