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Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Beholden to bold flavors and not strict authenticity, the editors of Lucky Peach present a compendium of recipes that hit the sweet spot between craveworthy and stupid simple and are destined to become favorites.
 
Your friends and lovers will marvel as you show off your culinary worldliness, whipping up meals with fish-sauce-splattered panache and all the soy-soaked, ging
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Clarkson Potter (first published September 29th 2015)
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Lisa
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, cook-books
I have this book checked out from the library. it has been really fun. I bought the necessary ingredients, and the dean family has been doing mostly Asian dinners for the past couple of weeks. tonight we are going to have Korean grilled chicken, japchae, and "soy sauce kimchi" (a quick, unfermented version of kimchi)- all from this book. can I tell you what we've made and how it rates? regardless of your response, i'm going to.

chineasy cucumber salad- good, even without the peanuts
soy sauce kimc
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Keyi
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book dresses itself as an inauthentic take on East/Southeast Asian cuisine, which I thought was candid, considering the author's name is hilariously white. This book is really really well organized and has a careful selection of truly easy recipes -- the blurbs are written with clear, infallible tips that minimize the possibility of screwups. I appreciate how it provides tips on how to acquire the asian vegetables, sauces and condiments, then how to pair them with ingredients/veg/legumes I ...more
Kelly Ferguson
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Given that I can Google any recipe I want, I buy cookbooks now for what the internet can't provide--a good read, cool pictures, an artifact that's nice to hold and cool on my shelf. Lucky Peach hit all the right spots for me. My favorite part so far is the ingredient guide with pictures. I think condiments are the most intimidating part of Asian cooking. That moment where you wonder if you're going to put something that smells that funky on something going in your mouth. But--that's what makes t ...more
Brvihsta
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author has been cancelled so I’m conflicted in giving this 5 stars
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
Once again, Blogging for Books has blown me away. I requested this book not really knowing what to expect - maybe something small with a few recipes in it. I don't really know. But whatever it was I thought I was going to get, what I actually got was a lot better.

To start off, this book is quite large. There are so many different recipes. From appetizers to main dishes, there is a lot of different things that you can make in this book. The dessert section is a little small. It has about 2 differ
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Nat
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kind of silly, but interesting recipes and definitely focused on home cooking.
Kathy
Jun 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: food
David Chang is a culinary emperor and his influence has had far-reaching effects worldwide. When he started Momofuku in 2004 Americans found ramen, kimchi, and steamed buns mainly in Chinatowns, urban strip malls, and stretches of ethnic enclaves like Buford Highway in Atlanta. Chang celebrates and elevates Asian home cooking to a $500 tasting menu (that’s per person) and two Michelin stars. His food is divine.

Trying to recreate any of his dishes is difficult. I’m in a moderately-sized city but
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Becky
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I honestly wasn't planning a cookbook review again so soon. With Thanksgiving thrown in the mix, I didn't actually think I'd have time to adequately test a good enough number of recipes to feel satisfied offering up a review. BOY WAS I WRONG!

Friday night - yes, the night after Thanksgiving - Luck Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes arrived on my doorstep while I was trying desperately to figure out what to have for supper. And no, Thanksgiving leftovers were not appealing at that moment. I rea
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Sarah
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
While I'm not really inspired to make anything from this cookbook, I really enjoyed it. I found the pictures crisp and clean and plentiful. I LOVE cookbooks with pictures! The steps were clearly laid out and easy to follow. I didn't find the majority of the ingredients to be to specialty, like the common man wouldn't be able to find them. All of these were pluses but what threw me over the edge to liking this book were the cute comments at the bottom of recipes about the chef's or finding simila ...more
Joe
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
Great cookbook filled with lots of inspiration and lovely accompanying photos. Recipes are approachable, and the writing is witty, often slightly irreverent. Worth it just for the dessert section. Then again, I'm biased toward anything Meehan, Chang, and co. produce. RIP Lucky Peach. ...more
Gwen
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
When we're feeling under the weather (and still up to cooking), Smitten Kitchen's Hot and Sour Soup (based on a recipe from this book) is the best. No-nonsense instructions with accessible ingredients, plus delicious taste. On the strength of this recipe alone, I knew that I was going to love 100 Easy Asian Recipes--and the cookbook did not disappoint.

I appreciated their straightforward approach--surprising for authors coming from Momofuku. This is clearly not an "authentic" cookbook but one tha
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Annie
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
I love asian foods of all kinds and have found it difficult to find a cookbook that covers all the recipes I am looking for. This book is esthetically pleasing in many ways - the photos are neat, numerous and look like they are staged and colorized to seem "retro" and the recipes are clearly written and laid out. I appreciated the introduction which explained some of the uncommon ingredients (I am lucky to have a asian market close by so I have access to most of the items suggested) and also the ...more
Maria
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I lead a Cookbook Club at the library where I work and once a quarter we meet. We choose a cookbook, everyone prepares a different recipe from the cookbook to bring to the meeting, and then we eat a big potluck-style meal. It's awesome, and is always one of my favorite nights at the Library. In July we cooked from Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes. I have always been intrigued by Asian cuisines but find many of the cookbooks intimidating with the long lists of special ingredients. Afte ...more
Mari McR
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Despite that other readers' comments appreciated the images accompanying recipes, I found the photos depicting colors from the 1970s and 80s. I did not appreciate the recipe with one ingredient of "ORANGES" and a presentation of orange slices on black plate. I do not appreciate the way the author made his point that Asians often do not 'make' dessert, which is sometimes just a plate of one fruit. This simple point did not need a 'recipe' of 2 pages featuring the one ingredient. ...more
Bryce Gorman
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. Lucky Peach offers some funny quirky ideas. This book offers easier versions of pan-Asian recipes without the over-done stuff like General Tso's chicken. You get recipes like okonomiyaki, Korean pumpkin pancake, and char sui without having to get a billion specialty ingredients.
They carefully explain the foods, but make the instructions easy to understand. It's a book that any level cook can pick up and use.
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Christy
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I freaking loved this book. It's hilarious and irreverent and every recipe in it sounds delicious. It's got the David Chang gang's vibe just right: make delicious food first (e.g. don't ignore the concept of ethnic specificity, but don't worship at the false god of authenticity either). Perfect for those of us (white) American kids like me who grew up eating a wide variety of Asian cuisine but don't have a great frame of reference for how to (at least vaguely) achieve it. Fantastic. ...more
Kym
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This cookbook has lots of intriguing Asian-inspired recipes. You probably aren't going to find the ingredients in your pantry (unless you are at your Asian grandmother's house,) so you will need to do some shopping. The photos are expertly done, however some are more appealing than others. It is worth a look if Asian cooking is something you'd like to try. ...more
Angela
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best parts: breaking down condiments into 3 levels (like must haves, would be nice, and serious cook), with an explanation for the purpose of each ingredient; humorous back stories; example pictures. Some recipes really are super easy.
Christina
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tried making the hot and sour soup and failed, however, I kicked butt with a few recipes: whole Chinese Five Spice chicken, beef satay, sichuan pork ragu, and soy-braised short ribs! They were delicious! The cookbook was also full of funny blurbs and content that made the experience enjoyable!
Ashley Hietpas
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Checked it out from the Library and loved it so much that I bought a copy for myself. Now go watch Ugly Delicious.
Lisa
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asian Cookbook

Easy to follow, delicious Asian recipes. From starters to desserts—all YUMMY! And you don’t need any new pots, pans, gadgets or kitchen counter clutters to make each recipe successfully!
Ashani
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After watching David Chang I decided to go for this ! Luckily local library had this book. simplified Chinese cooking :) !
Patty
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great cookbook to get you into many different styles of Asian cookery...from pantry to plate.
Donna Hutt Stapfer Bell
So good

A really friendly entry into this scope of cuisine, knocked out and outlined to a list of steps. Very nice!
Veronica
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Authentic, delicious and easy to follow. One of my favorite cookbooks.
Kelly
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A great number of Asian Recipes that I'd like to try. Could be improved with more photos! ...more
Mia
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook. Soooo many great recipes that are easy to make. It's non stop yum on every page. Photos are beautiful! ...more
Rosa
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I am sorry to say that out of 101 recipes, there are only a handful that I'm interested in making... I'm always annoyed when people critique cookbooks in this manner without explaining what they mean (how can there be 101 recipes that failed to generate your interest?), but now that the shoe's on the other foot, I'm somewhat at a loss... I suppose in general I would say that it's sort of appetizer heavy - there are 13 pages' worth of different pancakes, which is a *separate* section from the 32 ...more
ItsAboutTheBook
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye, cookbooks
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Easy recipes are the siren’s call to busy people. Easy recipes that actually taste good seem too good to be true. So of course, I had this book pre-ordered. I’m a fan of Lucky Peach and like their writing style in addition to the foods they usually showcase. I had high hopes for this book.

This book is fairly straight forward. Chapters are organized by food types: noodles, meat, pancakes, rice. There is a decently sized introductory section that explai
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Cook These Books
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
101 Easy Recipes is a fun collection of Asian recipes written in Lucky Peachy’s signature style. One of the best food magazines out there, Lucky Peach, has since published a few cookbooks. 101 Easy Asian Recipes was the first and is something I’ve cooked from quite a lot since its release in September 2015.

Read our full review here: http://cookthesebooks.com/lucky-peach...
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