Maureen: This is a great book for you guys, because you love Asian food.
Kirstin: We certainly did.
Maureen: What did you love about it?
Kirstin: I loved the variety of asian recipes. I loved that she told you the calorie information, which you don’t get with all cookbooks, and I loved that she told you how long it’s going to take on to prepare and cook.
Maureen: Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
Kirstin: I didn’t like was that most of the recipes were written for two people, but once I figured that out, I scaled it up so we could all eat. I didn’t think the steps were written in the right order. I’m no expert, but they weren’t in the order that I would have done them.
Maureen: We might not technically be experts, but I think we’ve been cooking long enough that we know what we’re talking about.
Kirstin: But one of my big bugbears was that you couldn’t put all of the liquid ingredients together and add them at once. You had to add each one individually, which isn’t efficient, when you’re cooking on a wok and need to get it done. But Maureen, what did you think of the recipes you did make?
Maureen: The ones I made we liked, they were pretty good. One night, though, after we ate quite a good stir fry, we decided that one stir fry tastes a lot like the next one. Also I was disappointed that the vegetarian and vegan section included a lot of fake meat, rather than just focussing on using vegetables. I’m not a huge fan of meat substitute- just use vegetables instead.
Kirstin: I quite enjoyed using rapeseed oil.
Maureen: Just so you know, it goes off quickly, so use it now.
Kirstin: I am on it.
Overall Grade (A- F): A (Kirstin) C (Maureen)
Grade for Photography (A-F): A. Favourite Recipes: The chilli chicken soup. That was really good. (Kirstin) Nothing jumps out at me, unfortunately. (Maureen) Any Disasters? No.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf. It’s got ready to go, delicious Asian recipes. Maureen: Charity shop donation, unfortunately. It just didn’t get me very inspired, so I can’t see using this book again.