Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, this comic book cookbook takes a fun approach to a classic treat that is imbued with history across countless regions. From wontons to potstickers, buuz to momos, Amano’s expert guidance paired with Becan’s colorful and detailed artwork prove that intricate folding styles and flavorful fillings are achievable in the home kitchen. Let’s Make Dumplings! includes dumpling lore; a master folding guide that familiarizes readers with popular styles, like the pleated crescent of a potsticker or the 4-pointed star of a crab rangoon; and a series of cooking directions to choose from, such as steaming or pan-frying. The recipes range from savory Gyoza to sweet Cambodian Num Kom; from classic Baozi to riffs such as Sesame Chicken Dumplings. Whether it is the family-style eating experience of stacked steamer baskets filled with succulent shumai and plump xiaolongbao or the interactive process of working together to fold hundreds of jiaozi for a celebration, Let’s Make Dumplings! captures the deep level of connection that dumplings bring to any gathering and shows you how to re-create it in your own home. An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more—from the authors of Let’s Make Ramen!
About the Authors:
Hugh Amano is the Executive Chef at Sterling Bay located in the greater Chicago Area. Born in a tiny Colorado mountain town to an American mother and Japanese father, Hugh Amano’s devotion to exploring food and culture has taken him around the world, enriching him as a chef and writer. He is a graduate of The University of Colorado and New England Culinary Institute.
From sarahbecan.com – Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer, and the creator of “I Think You’re Sauceome”, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. She was awarded a Xeric Award and a Stumptown Trophy for Outstanding Debut for her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, and her work has twice been nominated for the Ignatz Award. Becan illustrated the cookbook The Adventures of Fat Rice, published 2016 by Ten Speed Press, and is the illustrator of Let’s Make Ramen!, a comic book cookbook, published July 2019 by Ten Speed Press. Sarah lives in Chicago with her boyfriend Niles.
Let’s Make Dumplings! by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan Reviews:
“This terrific book is perfect for anyone obsessed with stuffed doughy morsels!”—Andrea Nguyen, James Beard Award–winning author, The Pho Cookbook and Asian Dumplings
“This is one of the best guides to dumpling making—such a joyous, friendly book, full of a wealth of knowledge! Dumplings can feel so intimidating to make at home, but the clear, encouraging instructions and gorgeous step-by-step illustrations in Let’s Make Dumplings! make even the most intricate folding techniques totally approachable.”—Helen Rosner, food correspondent, The New Yorker
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