Thursday, September 24, 2009

Momofuku's David Chang - the Julia Child of Asian Cooking...

by David Chang
and Peter Meehan

With Momofuku David Chang does for Asian cooking what Julia Child did for French cooking...Asian recipes you can make in your American kitchen.

Chang writes in the smart,edgy, funny and somewhat irreverent style that put him where he sits today, at the head of an Asian cooking dynasty! With four award winning restaurants (of the same name) in New York City, (Chang conquered this city that can take a new chef, chew him up and spit him out) we know that this is more than chef this is a business man.

The partnership with Peter Meehan gives Momofuku the feel of two guys talking over a couple of beers. This book is written as only a friend can help you write about yourself - the honesty in both the story and the dialog is genuine and will speak to most readers. And the tone is set with the dedication page where the authors print a quote from a fifteenth century Zen Buddhist high priest next to one from Born Standing Up by Comedian Steve Martin.

If you are looking for a book full of recipes - this delivers. But Chang takes you through his story and reveals the process and journey he took to not just cook but to understand. From his journey to find the perfect ramen to his story of finding the secret to cooking the perfect steamed buns for his famous steamed pork actually read through the book and the stories spur you on to try the recipes.

With each recipe he gives you substitutions that work in an American kitchen and how to find hard to source ingredients.

BRAVO to both David Chang and Peter Meehan!!!

Reviews from Amazon:
“The breathless hype is true. His food is as good and as exciting as everyone says it is. David Chang has opened up a new direction in dining and cooking. With his troika of Momofukus, he changed the whole game. Scary-smart, funny, and ambitious, the wildly creative Chang is the guy all chefs have got to measure themselves by these days.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“As a food professional I am always on the look out for the new, the different, and the delicious. It was with great pleasure that one day I tasted David Chang’s pork buns at Momofuku. Since then, I have sampled almost all of his delectable creations and I am so pleased that I finally have a book of recipes that will allow me to try to emulate them at home.”
—Martha Stewart

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