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The book itself has a number of popular asian recipes and many I had never seen before. Could probably find many of them on line or in other cook books but having them in one place is pretty cool. Like the book overall. Too bad the copy I received had a faulty binding. They're sending me a replacement copy or I would have had a few recipes reviews as well. Replacement coming on the 5th. May update review.
Having read it from cover to cover several times now, I understand why Alton Brown introduced Jet Tila they way he did in the Foreword. I will definitely buy a hardcopy of this. My only neg is that Jet “wasted” space in this book for recipes of American Chinese food like Orange chicken, etc. I would rather he featured some of the lesser-known but more flavorful Norrthern Thai dishes like Gaeng Hang Lay, Nam Prik Ong, just to name a few...
This is a really nice cook book for those wanting to make more than the common Asian dishes. It covers most Asian cuisines, and the recipes are not exceptionally difficult. If you love Asian food and are tired of the Americanized versions that most restaurants serve, this book will lead you to some really authentic flavors.
I made a mistake of reviewing this book based trying its Pad Thai recipe that was published online at a site called Eater dot com, I gave the recipe a try before purchasing the book. I thought that the recipe caters to the taste of American palate and also contains confusing quantities. For example, the recipe calls for "3 cups (750 g) medium rice sticks, soaked. I can tell you that 750 g of soaked or fresh or dried noodles would never be measurable by cups. And this 3 cups of rice stick would not feed 4-6 people, as the recipe suggests. If you use fresh rice noodles (the same kind used for Pho) and measure 750 grams of it, and then soak it in water, then you'd have too much noodles and not enough shrimps, chicken and sauce to properly season it. Also, the shrimp and chicken are not seasoned in the recipe. As such, chicken and shrimp can taste pretty bland after being cooked.
Update: After writing my initial review, I bought a copy of the book and read it. I am glad that I added this book to my collection of well over 100 cookbooks. I bought the book, even though I didn't think the Pad Thai recipe was great. I changed my mind because there are other dishes that make lots of sense and appeal to my interest. The book is very attractive with great photos, easy to read and is of high quality. Surprisingly, there is a recipe for naan bread! I am glad that Jet Tila reached out to me after reading my initial review.