This giveaway entry period is now closed, but feel free to comment anyway! Also, make sure you enter the other open giveaways!
We were going to wait to do this giveaway until the Holidays (no, don’t tell us it’s “The Holidays” already, it’s not even Halloween yet!), as we thought it would be the perfect gift either for one lucky TasteSpotter to explore some of the cuisines Asia via their own kitchen, or for one lucky TasteSpotter to use as gifts to give away to four friends!
Let’s do the giveaway part first, then we’ll tell you about the books.
How to Enter the Cookbook Giveaway
- Since all four of these cookbooks focus on Asian cuisine, answer this question in the comments section of this post: What Asian/Asian-inspired dish would you like to try cooking at home? Want to try making your own juicy xiao long bao dumplings? Have you been wondering if you’d ever get beyond just pan-frying tofu? Mee goreng? Pad thai? Jap chae?! If you’re not sure, firstly, good thing you’re entering this giveaway for 4 books filled with Asian foods to make, and secondly, just find something here. It doesn’t matter what you say, as this is a random drawing, but it does matter that you do comment with something.
- Make sure to enter your email address in the box provided so we can contact you
- Share this giveaway post with your friends on facebook and twitter! (not required, but we’d love the help!)
You have until next Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 10 PM PST to comment. Everyone is welcome to comment to enter, but we can only ship this stuff in the U.S. (So if you’re outside the US and win, you just need to provide us with a US mailing address to send!)
(And by the way, in case anyone is wondering about us in the TasteSpotting Test Kitchen, we are currently obsessed with trying to simmer a really flavorful broth for Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup)
And now a few words on each of the books…
The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook
Do we even need to introduce Jaden Hair, aka Steamy Kitchen? Jaden started the Steamy Kitchen blog way back when, and is now a TV chef, food columnist, and author of this here book that we’re including with this giveaway today!
The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook is Jaden’s first cookbook (her second book is coming out next year!). The book has 101 Asian recipes with photos that are so gorgeous you wouldn’t think the dishes are simple enough to cook for dinner tonight, but they are. The book has good reference sections that explain and define tools and common ingredients, but the parts that we love best are Jaden’s honest and totally funny introductions to each of the recipes.
Jaden remembers her wild and crazy clubbing days, when each night ended in a little Vietnamese noodle shop with a bowl of pho, then shares a recipe for a “cheater version” of Chicken Pho that you can make at home. And obviously we love her recipe for Korean BBQ Burgers, which she says, were inspired by… us! (We’re super honored to even be mentioned by Jaden in her cookbook!)
Asian Tofu Cookbook
To be quite honest, we are perfectly happy tearing open a package of store-bought tofu, slicing off a few pieces of the stuff, and eating them straight with nothing more than a splash of soy sauce and maybe a drop of sriracha.
But we know that there is so much more to tofu than just that. Especially after flipping through the latest cookbook by Andrea Nguyen, a leading voice on Asian cuisine. Asian Tofu has nearly 100 recipes for tofu dishes, both authentic and modern, with different forms, for multiple courses, and from multiple Asian cuisines. And it’s not just opening up a plastic “tub” of tofu, it’s also about making the stuff at home from scratch with soybeans. Amazing.
Flavors of Malaysia cookbook
from the publisher:
“Flavors of Malaysia celebrates the best of the Malaysian table: sizzling satays, flavorful stir-fries, fragrant rice noodles, aromatic curries, and Malaysia’s signature hot and spicy condiments, the delectable sambals…Susheela Raghavan serves up treasured recipes, touching family stories and fascinating notes about the origins of Malaysian food in this lovingly compiled collection.”
A Cook’s Journey to Japan Cookbook
from the publisher:
“A Cook’s Journey to Japan is a marvelous collection of recipes based on one woman’s journey through the simple, yet evocative, everyday foods found across Japan. This heartwarming—and hunger-inducing—book recounts the author’s journey through Japan as she gathered recipes from everyday Japanese people—from wives, husbands, mothers and fathers to innkeepers and line cooks at cafés. The recipes are adapted when necessary to capture the authentic flavors and spirit of simple but delicious home cooking.”