Book Review: Ramen Made Simple

review-cover-ramen made simpleTitle: Ramen Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Chris Toy

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Ramen is the ultimate comfort food, whether it’s a simple bowl of noodles and broth or a hearty meal with eggs, meat, and fresh veggies. Find out how easy it can be to make this iconic dish at home with Ramen Made Simple. With step-by-step instructions, infographics, and easy to follow illustrations, you can upgrade from a pack of instant noodles to a swoon-worthy soup from scratch.

Get started right away with simplified guidelines that take you through building each element of a perfectly balanced bowl. Every recipe adds a variation to help you make near-endless options, and many include tips and tricks like store-bought hacks, pressure cooker time-savers, and more.

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If you are looking for an easy-to-follow ramen cookbook, I would highly recommend Ramen Made Simple by Chris Toy. This book was such a delight to look through. The photography was gorgeous and the info-graphic-like instructions made the recipes easy to comprehend and follow. I liked that the author took the time to include a list of tools needed, conversion charts, and also broke down what Ramen is to the base ingredients so that you can substitute ingredients if you want. There were a large array of recipes, even for those with diet restrictions. What a great little cookbook!

Book Review: Easy Chinese Cookbook

cover-easy chinese cookbookTitle: Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple

Author: Chris Toy

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Takeout made in―85+ classic Chinese dishes you can make at home.

When you think of the irresistible tastes and smells of popular takeout meals, few are more satisfying than Chinese food. The Easy Chinese Cookbook offers you more than 85 recipes to help you recreate restaurant favorites in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Learn how to make staples like General Tso’s Chicken, Crab Rangoon, and Egg Rolls with easy step-by-step instructions for beginners. This Chinese cookbook will also walk you through a typical Chinese American pantry, recommend ingredient substitutions, and teach you cooking shortcuts to keep recipes fast, easy, and delicious.

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If you like Chinese food, this cookbook is a great find! It has all of the classics you’d find in an American-Chinese restaurant, with a comprehensive list of all the necessary ingredients, tools, and clear instructions. There are lots of delicious tidbits of history intertwined between the recipes, and each recipe also features the number of servings, prep time, cook time, troubleshooting and substitution tips, and there’s even helpful advice on how to store or keep the leftovers. Absolutely fantastic!