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Noodles Every Day:
Delicious Asian Recipes from Ramen to Rice Sticks
By Corinne Trang; Photographs by Maura McEvoy
ISBN: 0811861430
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: May 2009
Format: Paperback
Number of recipes: 70+
List price: $22.95
Type: Ingredients: Noodles; Ethnic: Asian, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Vietnamese
Sample recipe: Silver Pin Noodles with Chicken, Bean Sprouts, and Scallions
Ambitions
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Content
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Diet/Nutrition/Health
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Author
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: We would be embarrassed to admit how long it took us to start cooking Asian food. Once we found out how easy it can be and how delicious we can make it at home,… well, let's just say the local Asian restaurants have probably noticed a difference.

Corinne Trang's Noodles Every Day will convince just about everyone how easy it is to cook Asian noodle dishes. If you haven't been doing it for years, you'll wonder why. And if your excuse was that you couldn't understand Asian noodles, or how to differentiate among them, that excuse is now gone. With this book, you'll understand all the differences, and you'll know how to put them to use.

The book includes information and recipes from Korea to at least Indonesia, and just about everywhere in between.

Chapters are defined by the type of noodle – wheat, egg, buckwheat, rice, cellophane – and also feature their cousins, buns, dumplings, and spring rolls, as well as relevant basic Asian ingredients, basic equipment and techniques, basic condiments and stocks, and a section on mail-order sources. Some ingredients are going to be hard to find unless you have great access to a variety of Asian markets, but the author has suggestions for substitutions everywhere a hard-to-find ingredient is mentioned.



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