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Cookbooks in the Pantry: Asian Noodles


Asian Noodles: Deliciously Simple Dishes to Twirl, Slurp, and Savor, by Nina Simonds (1997)

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! 

Do you have Asian Noodles, or Asian Wraps (another Nina Simonds favorite) on your cookbook shelf?

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Okay, bought the book for $.01 plus shipping, thanks for the recommendation!

These are dangerous posts, Lydia... I open them already afraid of what I'll find, and this one in particular is calling my name very loud...

Hope you are headed to a wonderful holiday season!

You've posted some recipes from Nina Simonds, and they've been great. If I didn't already have Asian Pasta, Asian Noodles and Snacks, and Pasta East to West, well, I'd be so tempted. I can resist, can't I? I did succumb to 'A Spoonful of Ginger' though...

I think we must share a love for similar flavors, because I have this cookbook and the slow cooker indian cookbook in my pantry, as well. I'm not big on buying cookbooks, but I found the noodle cookbook at an estate sale and, like you, loved every recipe I came across. Thanks for the inspiration to open it again and try another new dish!

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