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The Art of Escapism Cooking
The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors | Mandy Lee
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In this inventive and intensely personal cookbook, the blogger behind the award-winning ladyandpups.com reveals how she cooked her way out of an untenable living situation, with more than eighty delicious Asian-inspired dishes with influences from around the world. For Mandy Lee, moving from New York to Beijing for her husbands work wasnt an exotic adventureit was an ordeal. Growing increasingly exasperated with Chinas stifling political climate, its infuriating bureaucracy, and its choking pollution, she began an unapologetically angry food blog, LadyandPups.com, to keep herself from going mad. Mandy cooked because it channeled her focus, helping her cope with the difficult circumstances of her new life. She filled her kitchen with warming spices and sticky sauces while she shared recipes and observations about life, food, and cooking in her blog posts. Born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, she came of age food-wise in New York City and now lives in Hong Kong; her food reflects the many places shes lived. This entertaining and unusual cookbook is the story of how escapism cookingusing the kitchen as a refuge and ultimately creating delicious and satisfying mealshelped her crawl out of her expat limbo. Illustrated with her own gorgeous photography, The Art of Escapism Cooking provides that comforting feeling a good meal provides. Here are dozens of innovative and often Asian-influenced recipes, divided into categories by mood and occasion, such as: For Getting Out of Bed Poached Eggs with Miso-Browned Butter Hollandaise Crackling Pancake with Caramel-Clustered Blueberries and Balsamic Honey For Slurping Buffalo Fried Chicken Ramen Crab Bisque Tsukemen For a Crowd Cumin Lamb Rib Burger Italian Meatballs in Taiwanese Rouzao Sauce For Snacking Wontons with Shrimp and Chili Coconut Oil and Herbed Yogurt Spicy Chickpea Poppers For Sweets Mochi with Peanut Brown Sugar and Ice Cream Recycled Nuts and Caramel Apple Cake Every dish is sublimely delicious and worth the time and attention required. Mandy also demystifies unfamiliar ingredients and where to find them, shares her favorite tools, and provides instructions for essential condiments for the pantry and fridge, such as Ramen Seasoning, Fried Chili Verde Sauce, Caramelized Onion Powder Paste, and her Ultimate Sichuan Chile Oil.
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Tamra
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This is a really beautiful & mouthwatering book. Mandy is very creative blending flavors & textures of cuisines. What I wouldn‘t give to eat what she cooks!! I will be checking out her blog.

But most of the recipes qualify as weekend projects, at least in my life. Even then anymore I don‘t have a day to devote to the kitchen. (I wish!) So, this is a qualified pick.

MicheleinPhilly That looks incredible! 🤤 1mo
Tamra @MicheleinPhilly I know, right?! 1mo
Aimeesue Guess it depends on how long you need to escape for! ? "Sorry, can't join you. My weekend's booked for cooking." Doesn't sound half bad actually. 1mo
Tamra @Aimeesue totally! I used to pre-kids. 😜 1mo
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unabridgedchick
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Mandy Lee's cookbook might have mouthwatering pictures and a strong sense of her acerbic personality, but it's also a travel memoir, a biography, a Dear John; or, as the subtitle succinctly summarizes: a survival story.This cookbook is unforgettable, intimidating, and so real. It's really set the bar for future cookbooks, honestly: I want more cookbooks that are honest about the world we're in and the way food is part of that.

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Look, the only thing I'd like to cook at seven in the morning -- as I lie in bed with residual resentments from the day before and looming despair about the day ahead --is the people who say they love cooking breakfast. Who are these people? I imagine their breakfasts taste like denial buttered up with overcompensating enthusiasm.

Suet624 😂😂😂 yup. 2mo
Tamra 👍🏾👍🏾 2mo
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KarenUK
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This is as much a cookbook to curl up in bed with, as it is to cook from. Gorgeous photos, beautifully honest memoir sections with a dose of dark humor, and the kind of recipes you give up a whole day to. They are often real projects, with many homemade components, that will fill your home with amazing aromas, and give so much comfort and joy, in both preparing and eating. I wish I had more time to dedicate to this kind of cooking.... #oneday 😍

Cinfhen Looks fantastic 💓 3mo
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DebinHawaii
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This gorgeous cookbook won‘t be an everyday one for me—the recipes are complicated & some of the steps have steps but I‘ll pull it out for inspiration & components of recipes & for the Miso-Brown Butter Hollandaise Sauce which is the perfect umami combination of flavors for these poached eggs on toast.😋Stunning photos, vivid writing & inventive recipes. You can see my review & a link to the sauce recipe👇🏻for my book tour review stop. #cookbook

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