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Sam Choy's Polynesian Kitchen: More Than 150 Authentic Dishes from One of the World's Most Delicious and Overlooked Cuisines
by Sam Choy
With several acclaimed cookbooks to his credit, Sam Choy, already Hawaii's most recognized chef, is a rising star on the Mainland as well. Sam's newest book is the first major collection of recipes focusing on the islands of the South Pacific. Forget pupu platters and silly drinks -- these high-flavor, low-fuss dishes, drawn from Sam's own travels through Polynesia, repres ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2002 by Hyperion
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This is on my OMG-I-GOTTA-HAVE list. Those in the know have seen my cookbook addiction. THIS one is a cut above, filled with tales of his journeys to each island and snippets of the visits he's had with remarkable people. How strangers become friends. I especially like the "if you can't get (something exotic)" then you "can substitute it with (something more common)" - gives me hope when I want to throw a luau in central WI in the middle of winter!