The Spice Merchant's Daughter

The Spice Merchant's Daughter

Recipes and Simple Spice Blends for the American Kitchen

Book - 2008 | First edition.
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It was the aroma. The exotic scent of spices: rich, alluring, and almost magical. A scent that would sometimes overpower the freshness in the air and sometimes subtly mingle with it to create a tantalizing bouquet. A scent that would always bring me back to my childhood.

Growing up enveloped in the aromas of her mother's spice stall in Kuala Lumpur, Christina Arokiasamy developed an artist's sense of how to combine and use spices in traditional and innovative ways. In The Spice Merchant's Daughter , she shares her family's spice secrets, expertly guiding and enticing home cooks to enliven their repertoires.

Christina weaves evocative stories of cooking at her mother's side with real-world practical advice gleaned not only from working in professional kitchens but also from tackling the nightly task of getting a home-cooked dinner on the table for her family of four using American ingredients. She shows how easy it is to build layers of complex flavor to create 100 tempting Southeast Asian--inspired recipes, including Lemon Pepper Wings, Spicy Beef Salad, Steamed Snapper with Tamarind-Ginger Sauce, Cardamom Butter Rice with Sultanas, and Coconut Flan Infused with Star Anise. She unlocks the transformative power of homemade spice rubs, curry pastes, and sauces, as well as chutneys and pickles, enabling home cooks to bring new depth and dimension to their favorite dishes.

With lush photography and a chapter identifying and defining key pantry ingredients and aromatics, The Spice Merchant's Daughter both inspires and empowers, awakening the senses and unlocking the alluring world of spices.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780307396280
Branch Call Number: 641.6383 ARO
Characteristics: 231 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,22 cm


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Mar 22, 2015

I love cookbooks, even if I never plan to make any of the recipes. Arokiasamy’s book with a biographical sketch of her Malaysian childhood is an excellent book. Travel in both Malaysia and India has made me aware of how spices can enhance a dish. The chapter “Spice Pantry” showing how what spices are important in the south Asian kitchen and how they are used was as interesting as the recipes, where she talks about spice pairings. I learned much and will appreciate the meals served to me at Indian and Malaysian restaurants even more after reading this book.

MelissaLou72 Jun 25, 2012

Every recipe I have made from this book has been Wonderful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves a foodie or who just likes to enjoy their tastebuds.

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