The angle: Travel around the world in 150 recipes.
Recipes for right now: Bibimbap, Indian Cashew Chicken, Chiang Mai Pork Patties, Potato-Cilantro Pastries with Harissa, Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant, Salted Cod a la Bras, Hungarian Goulash, Cassoulet, Ecuadorian Potato and Cheese Patties, Brazilian Fish Stew, Haitian Pork, Habitant Pea Soup
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone needing a fresh burst of inspiration in the dinner department. There's enough in this book to keep a curious cook inspired for months.
• Who wrote it: David Joachim
• Who published it: Oxmoor House
• Number of recipes: 150
• Other highlights: You know how sometimes when you find a good cookbook, you just know it? That's how I feel about this cookbook. Paging through it, I'm just getting more and more excited. I feel an urgent need to clear my schedule and cook. The colors on every page are so vibrant — everything just pops off the page like eye candy. The recipes feel authentic, but also accessible. I especially love the photographic introduction to potentially unfamiliar ingredients at the beginning of each chapter (photo in the gallery above).
I also feel like this cookbook introduces us to cuisines and specific dishes that don't usually get much playtime in international cookbooks like this. As an example, the "Southeast Asia & Australia" chapter includes dishes from not just Thailand and Vietnam, as is often typical, but also foods from Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Laos. There also seems to be a real effort to include dishes familiar to a Western audience (like Pad Thai and Hungarian Goulash) as well as those only natives or adventurous travelers might know (like Salt Cod à la Brá from Portugal and Irio/Mashed Peas and Potatoes from Kenya).
I did a double-take when typing up this post and I realized that this cookbook is from Cooking Light. Health and diet are definitely not the focus of this book — though don't take this to mean that the recipes aren't healthy. They're just healthy in the way that foods prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients are naturally healthy. I give this approach a big thumbs up.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Global Kitchen by David Joachim
• Visit the author's website: David Joachim
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(Image credits: Emma Christensen)