A Couple of Terrific Cookbooks
By Franz Scheurer
“Authentic Recipes from Malaysia” and “Authentic Recipes from Vietnam” are two soft cover books published by Periplus Editions that have just become available in a bookstore near you. Both of these books have been put together in the same style following the same formula, and the formula works. After a short but very informative introduction covering the country, its cuisine and its culinary history, they move on to describe the staples and cooking utensils needed. A pictorial glossary of the major food items is next with a description of how they are used and where they might be obtained. Then follows a recipe section and the book finishes with measurement and conversion tables. The recipes are superb, authentic and they work. You’ll find a cross section of street food, home cooking and upmarket restaurant fare, all logically laid out, descriptive and easily followed. These books will guarantee the novice success with an exotic cuisine and entertain and challenge the accomplished cook.
The Malaysian book with recipes by the chefs of Bon Ton Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and Jonkers Restaurant in Malacca, divides the recipe section into:
Sambals, Dips and Achars
Appetisers and Snacks
Soups, Salads and Vegetables
Rice and Noodles
Meat and Poultry
Whereas the Vietnamese cookbook with recipes by Trieu Thi Choi and Marcel Isaak, has the following layout:
Appetizers and Snacks
Vegetables and Rice
Meat and Desserts
The photography throughout both books is informative and appetising and the dishes are styled the way you would see them served in Malaysia and Vietnam. I thoroughly recommend these great value for money books!
Authentic Recipes from Vietnam ISBN 0-7946-0328-9
Authentic Recipes from Malaysia ISBN 0-7946-0228-2