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The Complete Asian Cookbook - Charmaine Solomon

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Spices, imaginatively used, are the outstanding feature of Indian and Pakistani cookery-subtle or pungent, hot or mild, there is something to suit every palate.

This is a completely revised and updated edition of Charmaine Solomon's influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook. Instantly heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, Korea and Japan). Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine's recipes are straightforward, simple to follow and work every time.

Recipe and chapter introductions give valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served, while the comprehensive glossary explains unfamiliar ingredients (which are steadily more commonplace in supermarkets today). The Complete Asian Cookbook is a book that belongs in the kitchens of every household.

About the Author

Charmaine Solomon comes from a family of exceptionally good cooks. She started her career in food as a reporter and feature writer for an English language newspaper in Sri Lanka, where she ran a cooking column dispensing recipes and food ideas with flair. Charmaine is now recognised as one of the most knowledgeable (and practical) writers on Asian food. She has taught Southeast Asian, Chinese and international cooking, and her books are sold throughout the world. In putting together this book, Charmaine travelled widely through Asia, revisiting familiar places and discovering new ones to ensure that, as always, her recipe development was backed up with on-the spot authenticity.

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  • Well written (6)
  • Easy to understand (5)
  • Informative (5)
  • Quality photos (4)

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    • Trying new dishes (6)
    • Becoming inspired (5)
    • Learning new techniques (5)
    • Reference (4)
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    4.0

    Asian food

    By Tina

    from Perth, AU

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    Pros

    • Great Recipes
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Its Soo Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Becoming Inspired
    • Learning New Techniques
    • Reference
    • Trying New Dishes

    Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

    I have wanted this cookbook for a long time...finally I have the amazing reference cookbook to any Asian dish at my fingertips.

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    4.0

    Love the recipes, photos less exciting.

    By currymuncher

    from lismore nsw

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Great Recipes
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Fewer Photos

    Best Uses

    • Remembering Favourites
    • Trying New Dishes

    Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

    The recipes and layout are great. I own a too-well thumbed copy from decades ago, and the binding has given out, but I prefer the old version's choice of photos. This edition, whilst including photos, feels less sumptuously dressed, somehow.

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    5.0

    Great book for a complete Asian experien

    By Toni

    from Perth

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Great Recipes
    • Informative
    • Quality Photos
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Becoming Inspired

      Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

      This is an oldie but a goodie. Love the new format (the old one was very big) My mum loved this book too> - Covers all facets of Asian Cuisine.

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      5.0

      A must for every budding cook

      By Nick

      from Sydney AU

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      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Fun
      • Great Ideas
      • Great Recipes
      • Informative
      • Quality Photos
      • Well Written

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        Best Uses

        • Becoming Inspired
        • Learning New Techniques
        • Reference
        • Trying New Dishes

        Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

        I've owned this book for 30 years, now I've bought copies for my daughter and daughter inlaw its a book that has all the styles of Asian cooking in easy to understand recipes.

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        5.0

        Great Value

        By Robbity Bob

        from Sydney

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        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Great Recipes
        • Informative

        Cons

        • Not enough photos

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        • Entertainment Ideas
        • Learning New Techniques
        • Trying New Dishes

        Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

        Great book, great value for money, however, just wished there were more photos.

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        5.0

        highly recommended

        By yournana

        from North Queensland

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        Pros

        • Delicious Recipes
        • Great Recipes
        • Informative
        • Quality Photos
        • Well Written

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          Best Uses

          • Becoming Inspired
          • Entertainment Ideas
          • Learning New Techniques
          • Reference
          • Trying New Dishes

          Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

          This book is an excellent reference with information about all of the ingredients used. The recipes are easy to follow and delicious to eat. It is my favourite book to try new recipes from and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in cooking Asian food.

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          5.0

          A classic work

          By Rabbit

          from Brisbane,Queensland, Australia

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          • Easy To Understand
          • Great Ideas
          • Great Recipes
          • Informative
          • Quality Photos
          • Well Written

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            Best Uses

            • Becoming Inspired
            • Entertainment Ideas
            • Learning New Techniques
            • Reference
            • Trying New Dishes

            Comments about The Complete Asian Cookbook:

            I lost my original edition of this wonderful work during a move. I am really happy to have found this version, and it is now in use at my home.
            Thank you.

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            "I cherish and refer to [it] often because it is so thorough going and authoritative in its subject matter, and the recipes are uncommonly well written and authentic." --Craig Claiborne, author, "New York Times Cookbook"

            ISBN: 9781742701448
            ISBN-10: 1742701442
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 648
            Published: 1st November 2011
            Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
            Dimensions (cm): 28.5 x 24.5  x 4.0
            Weight (kg): 2.59