That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy

Mike and Stephanie Le. Workman, $30 (272p) ISBN 978-1-5235-0532-6
“Noodles make people happy,” writes the blogging husband-and-wife duo behind I Am a Food Blog in this charming if scattered collection. Primarily inspired by Italian and Asian cuisines, the Les showcase classic pasta dishes including cacio e pepe, and spicy sesame chili oil noodles, as well as playful riffs such as casarecce moules frites (where casarecce takes the place of fries) and chipotle adobo pork belly ramen. Throughout, they provide ample information on unfamiliar ingredients (Chinese black vinegar, made from black sticky rice, can be substituted with balsamic vinegar) and lesser-known noodles, including biang biang noodles, handmade, wide, chewy noodles originating in central China. Unfortunately, recipe organization can be dizzying: for instance, the Les present nine quick ideas for how to prepare instant noodles at the beginning of the book, but then introduce ramen toward the very end. And instead of sorting by noodle type (pasta, udon, etc.), the authors center chapters around occasions and moods—such as date nights, “cozy moods,” and potluck dinners—with recipes for chile oils and sauces sprinkled in at random. That said, the most logical section goes off course to focus on a handful of indulgent lasagna recipes, including ultimate lasagna bolognese and creamy chicken lasagna. Much sifting is required to slurp up the goods in this one. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 11/18/2021
Release date: 08/01/2021
Genre: Lifestyle
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