Double header: “Malaysia: Recipes from a Family Kitchen” vs. “Amazing Malaysian: Recipes for Vibrant Malaysian Home Cooking”

  I’ll be honest; before moving to Asia, I had zero experience with Malaysian cuisine (in fact, my first introduction came through my amazing hairdresser Eddie Tham in Taipei). Although I’d spent many years reading about and cooking Japanese, Thai, and some Chinese cuisine, Malaysia remained a nebulous culinary mystery. But when Amazon UK offered…

“Peace and Parsnips”

Longtime vegan Lee Watson works as a vegan chef at a retreat center in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. In “Peace and Parsnips,” he collects 200 of his favorite recipes for smoothies, salads, nibbles, big plates, curries, burgers, desserts and more to prove that vegan food doesn’t have to be limited to spongy tofu and rubber-like…

“Pomegranates and Saffron” review

Nearly ten years ago to the day, I embarked on my present career as an adult EFL / ESL instructor. Freshly minted from grad school with my MA TESOL in hand, I began teaching English to students from over 100 countries, some of which I didn’t even know existed (particularly the Caucasus and Central Asia, as…

“Slow Cooker Desserts”

I’m a fairly recent convert to the slow cooker bandwagon; I only purchased my first slow cooker a couple of years ago and started out by baking my way through all the desserts in Michele Scicolone’s excellent “The Mediterranean Slow Cooker,” which introduced me to the joys of making flan, cheesecake, and fruit compote in…

Bundt Lust featured on 1000Cookbooks!

I’m so honored to be asked to contribute a list of my Top 10 Cookbooks over on 1000Cookbooks.com…I’m in esteemed company. Many famous chefs and authors (including Ottolenghi and many mutual Facebook friends) have also given their Top 10. I put a fair bit of time into choosing titles that would be different from many…

The arrival of summer…

Cherry blossoms have given way to a profusion of gorgeous blooms including lilies and hydrangeas. Summer in Japan is characterized by the rainy season, windchimes, and fireflies…each flower has its own brief season of appreciation, from wisteria and lilies to hydrangeas. You’ll also find seasonal sweets that mirror the changing beauty of the seasons.  …

“Alice’s Kitchen” review

An accomplished writer and artist, Linda Dalal Sawaya’s family immigrated from Douma, Lebanon to Detroit in 1926; her grandmother Dalal and mother Alice Ganamey Sawaya, mother of five, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of nine, soon became famous for their cooking, and as the youngest of five daughters, Linda later became their kitchen assistant. In “Alice’s…

Capturing the taste of childhood…

    My grandmother Alice (nee Aleksandra) was born and immigrated from Zwierzyniec, Poland as a toddler, along with my great-grandmother Maggie (Magadalena) Grabowska in 1913. Maggie had been a cook for wealthy Polish Jewish families, so had a wide range of recipes in her repertoire. I fondly remember my Babcia (“grandmother” in Polish) making…

When life gives you lemons…

I was ecstatic to find Meyer lemons at my local grocery store in Japan, and had been saving them for something special when I remembered that the first Baked cookbook had a lemon loaf…voila! Baked is one of my all-time favorite books (and one of my most popular Amazon Spotlight Reviews). I’ve made at least…

Birthday weekend in Tokyo!

Usually, my birthday is just another workday…especially when I’m overseas. But this year I decided to pamper myself and spend a three-day weekend in Tokyo. Bundt Lust being Bundt Lust, I’m not one content to sit in my room and do nothing, so a jam-packed weekend was in store! First, I had another cooking class…