Why I've kept it: How often have you picked up a cookbook, and wanted to make Every. Single. Recipe. in it? That's what happened to me when I first purchased Nina Simonds' Asian Noodles.
I've confessed many times to being a noodle-holic. This book introduced me to new types of noodles, and new condiments and sauces for flavoring them. The gorgeous color photos of each recipe made my mouth water, and convinced me that I could make the recipes with confidence. There's a great introductory chapter about noodle basics, listing dozens of types of Asian noodles and the correct cooking methods, uses, and substitutes for each. There are photos of each type of noodle, too, so you can take the book to your Asian grocery store and find the right noodles for the recipe you want to make.
I've made grilled tofu with soba noodles, inspired by recipes in this book, and the spicy Chinese peanut sauce has become a fixture in our cooking. We also love the spicy pesto soba with chicken and snow peas.
Bookmarked, to try next: curried vegetarian noodles, cinnamon beef noodles, Thai clam pot. I have more bookmarks in this book than in any other!
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