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The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage (A Kolowalu Book)

The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage (A Kolowalu Book) Lowest new price: $156.15
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Author: Rachel Laudan

Recent winner of a prestigious award from the Julia Child Cookbook Awards, presented by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Lauden was given the 1997 Jane Grigson Award, presented to the book that, more than any other entered in the competition, exemplifies distinguished scholarship.

Hawaii has one of the richest culinary heritages in the United States. Its contemporary regional cuisine, known as "local food" by residents, is a truly amazing fusion of diverse culinary influences. Rachel Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons, to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history.

More than 150 recipes, photographs, a bibliography of Hawaii's cookbooks, and an extensive glossary make The Food of Paradise an invaluable resource for cooks, food historians, and Hawaiiana buffs.

Hawaii has perhaps the most culturally diverse population on earth. The story of how the Polynesians, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipinos, Okinawans, Puerto Ricans, various Southeast Asian peoples, and Caucasians (known as haoles) brought together their culinary traditions on these islands makes fascinating reading. Laudan concentrates on local food rather than the world-class glamour of the Hawaiian regional cuisine cooked up by famous island chefs Amy Ferguson Ota and Roy Yamaguchi. She presents the polyglot world of the plate lunch, Spam, mochi, seaweed, shaved ice, sushi, and all the other dishes that Hawaiians really eat every day. Primarily a living and lively culinary history, this book does include recipes for the most commonplace Hawaiian dishes.

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Hawaii's Best Pupu & Potluck

Hawaii's Best Pupu & Potluck Lowest new price: $9.95
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Author: Jean Watanabe Hee
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Jean Hee, author of the best selling cookbooks Hawaii's Best Mochi Recipes, Hawaii's Best Local Desserts, and Hawaii's Best Local Dishes brings together more than 100 favorite island recipes, most of them quick and easy to make, for your next get-together. From Ono Shrimp Poke to Hawaiian-Style California Rolls, from Pipikaula to Crispy Gau Gee, these are the beloved recipes passed on from coworkers, friends, and family, and found at potlucks and intimate gatherings throughout the islands.


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Sam Choy's Little Hawaiian Poke Cookbook

Sam Choy's Little Hawaiian Poke Cookbook Lowest new price: $7.95
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Author: Elizabeth Meahl
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Poke is a dish that is usually built around raw seafood, cut into cubes and dressed with sauces and spices. Hawai'i's ambassador of poke, Chef Sam Choy, has collected more than thirty of the Islands' very best poke recipes for Sam Choy's Little Hawaiian Poke Cookbook. You'll find such delicacies as Red Hot and Blackened Poke and 'Ahi Poke with Lemongrass. There's Volcano Tofu Poke, featuring sesame oil and brown sugar, and Sam Choy's Original Fried Marlin Poke, flavored with soy sauce, green onion, ogo seaweed and bean sprouts. You'll find traditional "pure" poke made with 'ahi, salt, seaweed and inamona, a kukui nut relish, as well as inventive dishes such as Marinated Steak Poke and Green Onio and Cilantro Pesto Poke. "It just doesn't get any better than this," says Sam, "Enjoy!"


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Remember Guam

Remember Guam Lowest new price: $21.47
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Author: Paula Ann Lujan Quinene
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"Hey Paula, I just wanted to let you know that I truly enjoyed Remember Guam! What a great set of experiences you have captured!  In reading those, I recall mine and how I miss those days gone by." 
Remember Guam was written to capture the memories of natives and visitors alike. This book also includes recipes not found in A Taste of Guam. Each recipe has a corresponding video on the author's website.
"Paula, Aloha and Hafa Adai! Hey, we used your YouTube instructions for making empanadas...what a HIT! Thanks very much for the posting and keep up the teach!"
"Your videos from Remember Guam are great!  Everything looks so good you can smell it cooking on the screen. Thanks for taking the time to make videos for us."
Get your very own copy now! Order yours today!


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A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family

A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family Lowest new price: $5.00
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Author: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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"Starting with charred fried rice and ending with flaky pineapple tarts, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan takes us along on a personal journey that most can only fantasize about--an exploration of family history and culture through a mastery of home-cooked dishes. Tan's delectable education through the landscape of Singaporean cuisine teaches us that food is the tie that binds."
--Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

After growing up in the most food-obsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America--proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But as a thirtysomething fashion writer in New York, she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. Was it too late to learn the secrets of her grandmothers' and aunties' kitchens, as well as the tumultuous family history that had kept them hidden before In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but long-buried stories of past generations.

A Tiger in the Kitchen, which includes ten authentic recipes for Singaporean classics such as pineapple tarts and Teochew braised duck, is the charming, beautifully written story of a Chinese-Singaporean ex-pat who learns to infuse her New York lifestyle with the rich lessons of the Singaporean kitchen, ultimately reconnecting with her family and herself.

Reading Group Guide available online and included in the eBook.


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$266 Million Winning Lottery Recipes: L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Cookbook

$266 Million Winning Lottery Recipes: L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Cookbook Lowest new price: $9.95
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Author: Eddie Flores Jr.

Is it a cookbook? Is it a joke book? Are the secrets to L&L dishes like Chicken Katsu, Chicken Adobo, and Beef Stew really revealed? Well it s all that so you can enjoy the two most favorite activities in Hawaii (laughing and eating) in Eddie Flores Jr. s first book, $266 Million Winning Lottery Recipes L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Cookbook, richly illustrated by noted island artist Jon Murakami. Many of us wonder how the food tastes so good at L&L. Eddie with his chef share over 60 recipes as well as provide cooking tips. And beside each recipe is a cartoon that will make you laugh.

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South East Asian Food

South East Asian Food Lowest new price: $35.30
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Author: Rosemary Brissenden

Since its first publication in 1970, South East Asian Food has achieved a reputation as the authoritative book on the subject. Elizabeth David listed it among the books every serious cook should possess. This new edition features a completely updated and easy-to-follow design, with beautiful illustrations throughout. The selection of recipes in South East Asian Food will show you the varieties and unique properties of each cuisine, from tangy Thai salads, satisfying Vietnamese soups, aromatic Indonesian curries to exquisite Malaysian sambals. With the help of the author's clear instructions and knowledge of the local foods, you'll be able to recreate these delightful, fragrant dishes in your own kitchen. As Rosemary says, 'With the world full of same-tasting instant approaches to South East Asian food through packets and jars, this book aims to serve as a guide to cooks who wish to enjoy its true freshness and variety by cooking it for themselves. If it also conveys a sense of a rich and diverse set of culinary traditions I shall be more than happy.'

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From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now

From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now Lowest new price: $29.95
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Author: Arnold Hiura

The Evolution of Island Cooking

From fine dining to food trucks, Hawaii's contemporary cuisine is indelibly influenced by its small-town plantation past. From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now is a unique culinary guide to that connection between old and new. In this lavish, hardcover collection of 60 recipes, time-proven local dishes are paired with new creations inspired by the same flavors and ingredients.

Food historian Arnold Hiura provides the fascinating backstory of Hawaii's culinary journey from roots in tight-knit communities to how—and what—Islanders eat today. Hiura points out, for instance, that common foods once consumed out of necessity, such as offal cuts or native plants, have once again become popular. The buzzwords of modern cuisine—sustainable, homegrown, foraged—are in fact age-old practices; many old-timers never stopped sourcing, cooking and eating their foods in these ways.

In From Kau Kau to Cuisine, Big Island television personality and KTA Super Stores executive vice-president Derek Kurisu and Oahu executive chef Jason Takemura of Hukilau Honolulu and Pagoda Floating Restaurant, have teamed up to present 30 pairs of recipes. Each pair matches a "Then" dish from Kurisu—a classic plantation or traditional local-style favorite—with a "Now" dish from Takemura—a reinterpretation of Kurisu's version or a new creation drawn from the same ingredients or cooking style. The result: Grilled Opihi are reimagined as Baked Oysters with Truffle Hollandaise; Kabocha with Dried Ebi evolves into Roasted Kabocha Risotto; Portuguese Sausage–Hamburger Patty Loco Moco is remade as Sake–Soy-Braised Short Rib Loco Moco. Each dish is accompanied by lush color photography, while accompanying features offer tips on step-by-step processes used by both Kurisu and Takemura.

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Indonesian Cooking: Satays, Sambals and More [Indonesian Cookbook, 81 Recipes]

Indonesian Cooking: Satays, Sambals and More [Indonesian Cookbook, 81 Recipes] Lowest new price: $9.59
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Author: Dina Yuen

Cook fresh and vibrant dishes with this friendly and instructive Indonesian cookbook.

Indonesian Cooking is Chef Dina Yuen's culinary exploration of the world's largest and most diverse archipelago—the fabled Spice Islands of Indonesia. Dina began her culinary career in Jakarta at the tender age of 12, when she begged her parents to enroll her in a culinary academy. She was not only accepted—but surprised everyone (her parents included) by preparing dishes which tasted better than those of her adult classmates! After returning the US, she began sharing her knowledge and passion for the foods of Indonesia as a chef, a writer, and through her website Asian-Fusion. com

The dishes in Indonesian Cooking range from the familiar Chicken and Beef Satays, Lumpia Spring Rolls, Fresh Steamed Vegetables with Peanut Dressing (Gado-Gado) and Nasi Goreng (Traditional Indonesian Fried Rice) to more exotic dishes like Spicy Lemongrass Beef, Burned Sugar Pork, Grilled Swordfish with Fragrant Yellow Rice, and Tamarind Roasted Prawns. Indonesian food is easy to make with ingredients readily found in any well-stocked supermarket. Bring the tastes of Indonesia home with the help of Indonesian Cooking!

Authentic Indonesian recipes include:

  • Chicken and Potato Croquettes
  • Oxtail Soup
  • Avocado and Smoked Salmon Salad
  • Banjar Chicken Steak
  • Grilled Swordfish with Fragrant Yellow Rice
  • Classic Nasi Goreng
  • Sambal Eggplant
  • Dutch-Indo Crepes with Palm Sugar
. Indonesian is a vibrant, multi-layered nation with a fabulous and largely unexplored cuisine—and these easy-to-follow recipes now make it accessible to everyone.

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Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong: A Culinary Journey from China to Vietnam

Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong: A Culinary Journey from China to Vietnam Lowest new price: $32.22
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Author: Luke Nguyen

Join Luke Nguyen as he journeys down one of Asia's most famous rivers, the Mekong. To tie in with Luke's popular US Cooking Channel series, Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong shares the stories, experiences and recipes from the TV show of the same name. Luke immerses himself in the cultures and communities of the countries he visits, discovering stories and histories from each region as well as sampling and recreating local cuisines.

Luke's travels start in China where he explores the centuries-old traditions of the Yunnan Province. His journey takes him to Myanmar where he uncovers some of the country's unique flavors, and then on to Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and finally Vietnam, Luke's homeland and the location of this mighty river's floodplains. Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, the cookbook, contains over 70 recipes that celebrate well-known dishes as well as lesser known regional delicacies. Sample chargrilled pork grilled in bamboo from Thailand, steamed lemongrass and dill fish from Laos, tea-infused sesame dumplings from China or for the more adventurous, clay-pot cola chicken from Cambodia.

With heartwarming stories, breathtaking location photography and stunning images of all the dishes featured in the show, Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong is a must-have cookbook that will be treasured and referred to for many years to come.

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