Asian Pickles {Review}

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The following is a Guest Post from my husband, Noah. 
A book review of Asian Pickles

This is a well done book with plenty of vivid pictures and interesting recipes. I live in a small town in the South and it is impossible to get flavors from around the world here like one finds in a large city. If I want to experience Chinese Preserved Mustard Greens, there is no China Town or Asian grocery. No, I have to make it myself. Don’t get me wrong I love good old hometown Southern cookin but sometimes I want to try some things completely different. That is what the book Asian Pickles provided. Flavors, recipes and ingredients I had no knowledge of. 

I have not had much experience with Asian pickles, so I was anxious to try some of my own. I made the Spicy Blackened Sichuan Pickled Pepper recipe but substituted the Fresno Chilies with ghost peppers; they were the closest thing I had on hand. I sold the pickled peppers for $7.00 per half pint jar and they were well received. With one recipe the book nearly paid for itself. I am excited to try some other pickled concoctions soon.

About the Book

Asian Pickles introduces the unique ingredients and techniques used in Asian pickle-making, including a vast array of quick pickles for the novice pickler, and numerous techniques that take more adventurous cooks beyond the basic brine. With fail-proof instructions, a selection of helpful resources, and more than seventy-five of the most sought-after pickle recipes from the East. Korean Whole Leaf Cabbage Kimchi, Japanese Umeboshi, Chinese Preserved Vegetable, Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney, Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickle, and more. Asian Pickles is your passport to explore this region’s preserving possibilities. 

About the Author

Karen Solomon is a food and lifestyle writer and veteran culinary tinkerer and food crafter. She is a contributor to San Francisco magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, and a former editor and columnist for the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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