Noodle Soup

Ken Albala


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Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Pages: 192

Synopsis:

Every day, noodle shops around the globe ladle out quick meals that fuel our go-go lives. But Ken Albala has a mission: to get YOU in the kitchen making noodle soup. This primer offers the recipes and techniques for mastering quick-slurper staples and luxurious from-scratch feasts. Albala made a different noodle soup every day for two years. His obsession yielded all you need to know about making stock bases, using dried or fresh noodles, and choosing from a huge variety of garnishes, flavorings...

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Alicia's notes:

First of all, this is not a generic "Noodle recipes" book. This book is for real fans of noodles; the ones that eat them with pleasure, dare to try new variations and dream about making their own noodles at home. The first chapters deal with: what is considered a noodle, different ingredients and varieties, historical and cultural background, old techniques of noodle soup making from different countries and different centuries, right bowls and other utensils for a good eating experience and kitchen tools for making noodles. Everything explained in great detail and very relevant if we are to experiment with new recipes or ways of eating noodle soups. The last two sections of the book is where creativity explodes like multicolored fireworks. First, we have original recipes created by Ken Albala. Some soups sound delicious (and clever) like his onion noodle soup, which is like a traditional onion soup with a noodle twist. Others I wont be trying any time soon, like his French fry noodle soup, just because I don't like the taste of French fries. From here on, the book is full of ideas to inspire you and guide you to explore and stretch the boundaries of Noodleland.

If you are planing to give this book as a gift to someone who enjoys ramen, pho or other popular noodle soup, keep it mind that it might not suit those who only want to try basic recipes and would rather have a well detailed list of ingredients followed by step by step instructions, lots of pictures and kitchen tips, in other words, another average cookbook. This book is more of an exploration on the endless possibilities of cooking with noodles and turning them into a soup, an invitation to experiment with ingredients. (short review, you can check more at my blog or goodreads, yeap, Im nuts about noodles)



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Alicia

First of all, this is not a generic "Noodle recipes" book. This book is for real fans of noodles; the ones that eat them with pleasure, dare to try new variations and dream about making their own noodles at home. The first chapters deal with: what is considered a noodle, different ingredients and varieties, historical and cultural background, old techniques of noodle soup making from different countries and different centuries, right bowls and other utensils for a good eating experience and kitchen tools for making noodles. Everything explained in great detail and very relevant if we are to experiment with new recipes or ways of eating noodle soups. The last two sections of the book is where creativity explodes like multicolored fireworks. First, we have original recipes created by Ken Albala. Some soups sound delicious (and clever) like his onion noodle soup, which is like a traditional onion soup with a noodle twist. Others I wont be trying any time soon, like his French fry noodle soup, just because I don't like the taste of French fries. From here on, the book is full of ideas to inspire you and guide you to explore and stretch the boundaries of Noodleland.

If you are planing to give this book as a gift to someone who enjoys ramen, pho or other popular noodle soup, keep it mind that it might not suit those who only want to try basic recipes and would rather have a well detailed list of ingredients followed by step by step instructions, lots of pictures and kitchen tips, in other words, another average cookbook. This book is more of an exploration on the endless possibilities of cooking with noodles and turning them into a soup, an invitation to experiment with ingredients. (short review, you can check more at my blog or goodreads, yeap, Im nuts about noodles)

   
   

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Straight to the point

Language and style central

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Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas

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Light-hearted and optimistic

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No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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