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



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      In this inventive and intensely personal cookbook, the blogger behind the award-winning ladyandpups.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.


      For Mandy Lee, moving from New York to Beijing for her husband’s work wasn’t an exotic adventure—it was an ordeal. Growing increasingly exasperated with China’s stifling political climate, its infuriating bureaucracy, and its choking pollution, she began “an unapologetically angry food blog,” LadyandPups.com, to keep herself from going mad.


      Mandy cooked because it channeled her focus, helping her cope with the difficult circumstances of her new life. She filled her kitchen with warming spices and sticky sauces while she shared recipes and observations about life, food, and cooking in her blog posts. 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. 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.

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