Cooking Asian food has never been my strong suit, so I was really excited to get this book. I am happy to say that Lucky Rice did not disappoint! The book itself is gorgeous—from a design perspective, the type palette is nuanced and special yet still very legible, the photos are beautiful, and the weight of the paper is perfect. The book’s size is also very pleasant, being small enough to hold up if you’d like to read it before bed, but big enough to be able to stay open on its own. The author’s notes are insightful and engaging, making it an enjoyable book to read.
The recipes themselves are also wonderful. Some of them contain ingredients that the everyday American chef won’t have on hand, but many of them are accessible to anyone with a nearby Farmer’s Market or health food store for the fresh vegetables, or an Amazon account for the more exotic ingredients. The Bibimbap (pg. 141) is already a new favorite for my family, and the Macanese African Chicken (pg. 122) also turned out very well. I am exceedingly excited to try many more of the recipes!
Especially good for: cooks who want to learn about Asian cuisine and who want to expand their cultural palette.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program for this review.