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Poh's Kitchen  : My Cooking Adventures - Poh Ling Yeow

Poh's Kitchen

My Cooking Adventures

Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers

Published: 1st November 2010
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RRP $39.99

Based on the ABC TV show, POH′S KITCHEN, where Poh cooks alongside leading chefs such as David Thompson, Neil Perry, Antonio Carluccio, Ian Parmenter, Ragini Dey and Emmanuel Mollois, this book features recipes from the show, as well as many new, original and delicious dishes from Poh, who adds her own inimitable style and charm to the mix.

With more than 80 recipes including breakfast dishes, soups, fish, chicken, duck, meat, vegetables and sweet things, this beautifully designed and photographed book shows Poh cooking everything from a lamb shank casserole to a nonya chicken curry, a classic Aussie roast to a Pink Forest Cake, and an amazing beetroot soup to a delicious Malaysian sticky rice and custard dessert.

These dishes hail from Australia, UK, Italy, France, India, Thailand and China and Malaysia where Poh, on a mission to reinterpret the classic recipes of her childhood and bring new, exciting dishes to the Australian palate recipe, cooks up some delicious local fare under the watchful eye of her mum.

Designed for the home cook, with recipes that are both innovative and accessible, POH′S KITCHEN is sure to have something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

About the Author

Poh Ling Yeow was born in Malaysia in 1973, spending the first nine years of her life in Kuala Lumpur. Her family then migrated to South Australia where she now lives and works. After completing a Bachelor of Design specialising in illustration at the University of South Australia, Poh freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator and then began painting full-time in 2002. Now, with over 20 highly successful exhibitions under her belt, nine have been solos, her client list boasts major corporate collectors.

Just as Poh's art explores notions of belonging and origin, so do her intentions with food. As a fifth-generation Chinese Malaysian, Poh's interest in cooking began as an attempt at reconciling this heritage with her Western identity.

“Desperately wanting to assimilate as a child migrant, I shed everything that made me feel different in my new country. In my 30s I suddenly realised that food is the vehicle that can help me keep in touch with my past, the history of my ancestors. It is a way I can still bond with the generations before me, even with the loss of traditional values and language”.

In the last two years, Poh has found her interest in food intensifying to a point where she could no longer deny she wanted to pursue it as a career and when a friend suggested she entered MasterChef, she saw a rare window of opportunity. Always thinking outside the square with her artistic sensibilities and paying homage to the traditional cooking she grew up with, Poh secured herself a position in the finale, coming runner-up.

It was during the final weeks of MasterChef on air that the ABC approached and secured Poh to present a new cooking show, now known as POH’S KITCHEN. Around the same time Poh’s other dream also came true with her signing a deal with ABC Books at HarperCollins to publish two cookbooks.


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Vibrant, interesting, charming

By Darling Clementine

from Adelaide, AU



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      This recipe book is as vibrant, interesting, charming and approachable as its author. Lovely recipes. Some classics, but presented with a little Poh twist. Some personal reflections, stories/recipes from other famous chefs, documentary style photos and beautiful food images. A pretty book just to have lying around the kitchen, ready to open when you want some new recipe inspiration.
      Received as a gift.
      Warmly recommend.

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      Poh Ling Yeow

      Poh Ling Yeow's food career began in the first season of MasterChef Australia, 2009.

      After coming runner up in the finale, Poh thought she would return to a quiet life of painting and starting a cottage industry making jams for her local green grocer but instead, all of Poh’s fantastical food fantasies were realized when she was offered her own cooking show Poh's Kitchen, on ABC1. The first series went to air in 2010.

      Also that year, she was also able to fulfill a life-long dream of publishing a cookbook, “Poh’s Kitchen - My Cooking Adventures”, which stayed in the top 10 Australian bestsellers list for six weeks. In 2011 she presented the second series of ‘Poh’s Kitchen on the road’, as she travelled around Australia meeting and cooking with a wide range of food producers and chefs.

      In 2012 Poh is writing her second cookbook and presenting Season 3 of ‘Poh’s Kitchen’.

      Coming from a huge family of proud Chinese Malaysian home cooks, Poh prefers to be called a cook. She hopes for nothing more than to get Aussies excited about cooking and eating a variety of cuisines and fostering an awareness of food wastage.

      Poh was a fulltime artist before her life was turned on its head with her crazy love for slaving over a hot stove. She continues to paint. Exhibiting prolifically since 2002, she has over 20 exhibitions under her belt, 10 of which have been solos. Poh is represented by Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide and Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in Australia and abroad.

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      ISBN: 9780733328305
      ISBN-10: 073332830X
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 239
      Published: 1st November 2010
      Publisher: ABC Books
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.9  x 1.6
      Weight (kg): 0.974