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Best cookbooks for Asian cuisine?

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We are in a *major* food rut here and so I thought to try some Asian cuisine (perhaps Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese). Can anyone recommed some favorite cookbooks? Also, any personal preferences on brands of tofu?

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
The Great Curries of India by Camillia Paniabi (I think) is fantastic for Indian food - I have a number of Indian cookbooks, and this one is far and away the best. All the recipes have been fantastic. For Thai, I like The Essential Thai Cookbook, by Vatcharin Bhumichitr. Excellent recipes, grouped by basic ingredients and flavors.
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I've been looking also but haven't found any simple ones for everyday cooking. I'd love some suggestions also! We have been experimenting here though and have been making delicous thai curries that are really simple. There is a basic recipe on the can of Thai kitchen Coconut milk that we have elaborated on by adding more veggies. We use either tofu or shrimp also with lots of fresh ginger. It is so quick and simple and realy delicous. I served it to friends and they all loved it!
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I know that you're not really looking for Thai, but I just wanted to share...

I just got a book called Real Thai, and I love it!!!

It is written by an american food writer (Nancy McDermott) who lived in Thailand for three years.

It is simply written, and it's available in paperback, so it's not as expensive as a lot of cookbooks...
post #5 of 6
I cook a lot of Chinese food. My favorite Chinese cookbook is Martin Yan's Feast. I'm not a big fan of his cooking show, but the recipes are straightforward and everything I've tried has been great.
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Nina Simonds (she lives here in MA) writes the bests cookbooks on chinese cooking , in my opinion. The food comes out great-- and is not overcomplicated. A Spoonful of Ginger is a great book.
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