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The Art of Escapism Cook­ing: A Sur­vival Sto­ry, with Intense­ly Good Flavors

By Mandy Lee

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In this inven­tive and intense­ly per­son­al cook­book, the blog­ger behind the award-win­ning ladyand​pups​.com reveals how she cooked her way out of an unten­able liv­ing sit­u­a­tion, with more than eighty deli­cious Asian-inspired dish­es with influ­ences from around the world.

This enter­tain­ing and unusu­al cook­book is the sto­ry of how escapism cooking”-using the kitchen as a refuge and ulti­mate­ly cre­at­ing deli­cious and sat­is­fy­ing meals-helped her crawl out of her expat limbo.

Illus­trat­ed with her own gor­geous pho­tog­ra­phy, The Art of Escapism Cook­ing pro­vides that com­fort­ing feel­ing a good meal pro­vides. Here are dozens of inno­v­a­tive and often Asian-influ­enced recipes, divid­ed into cat­e­gories by mood and occa­sion, such as:

For Get­ting Out of Bed
Poached Eggs with Miso-Browned But­ter Hol­landaise
Crack­ling Pan­cake with Caramel-Clus­tered Blue­ber­ries and Bal­sam­ic Honey

For Slurp­ing
Buf­fa­lo Fried Chick­en Ramen
Crab Bisque Tsukemen

For a Crowd
Cumin Lamb Rib Burg­er
Ital­ian Meat­balls in Tai­wanese Rouzao Sauce

For Snack­ing
Won­tons with Shrimp and Chili Coconut Oil and Herbed Yogurt
Spicy Chick­pea Poppers

For Sweets
Mochi with Peanut Brown Sug­ar and Ice Cream
Recy­cled Nuts and Caramel Apple Cake

Every dish is sub­lime­ly deli­cious and worth the time and atten­tion required. Mandy also demys­ti­fies unfa­mil­iar ingre­di­ents and where to find them, shares her favorite tools, and pro­vides instruc­tions for essen­tial condi­ments for the pantry and fridge, such as Ramen Sea­son­ing, Fried Chili Verde Sauce, Caramelized Onion Pow­der Paste, and her Ulti­mate Sichuan Chile Oil.

Pub­lish­er: Harper­Collins Pub­lish­ers Inc
ISBN: 9780062802378
Num­ber of pages: 400
Weight: 1431 g
Dimen­sions: 25420231 mm

Meet Mandy Lee

Mandy Lee

Born in Tai­wan and raised in Van­cou­ver, she came of age food-wise in New York City and now lives in Hong Kong; her food reflects the many places she’s lived. 

When Mandy Lee moved from New York to Bei­jing for her husband’s work, she was hit with a soul-killing depres­sion unlike any­thing she had felt before. Grow­ing increas­ing­ly exas­per­at­ed with China’s auto­crat­ic polit­i­cal cli­mate, infu­ri­at­ing bureau­cra­cy, and chok­ing pol­lu­tion, she began an unapolo­get­i­cal­ly angry food blog,” Lady and Pups, to keep her­self from going mad.

Mandy blogged and filled her kitchen with warm spices and sticky sauces because it chan­neled her focus and helped her cope with the dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances of her new life. From this deep-root­ed pas­sion, Mandy cre­at­ed The Art of Escapism Cooking.