The Adventures of Fat Rice

Abraham Conlon, Adrienne Lo, and Hugh Amano. Ten Speed, $35 (304p) ISBN 978-1-60774-895-3
Chicago’s Fat Rice restaurant serves up dishes inspired by the cuisine of Macau, which is to say that more than a half dozen countries hold sway on these recipes. Portugal, which governed Macau for 500 years before Macau became part of China in 1999, is a primary influence, as is China itself (so break out the wok), and there are hints of Brazil, Africa, India, Malaysia, and more. The title dish is a kind of paella with prawns, clams, sausage, and chicken. Chefs and co-owners Conlon and Lo, along with their former sous chef Amano, also offer their interpretations of rice-free entrees such as oven-baked salt cod, African grilled chicken in a tomato and coconut milk sauce, and, for the daring, a pig ear salad served with a garlicky vinaigrette. For dessert there is Hong Kong–style French toast, a deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwich topped with coconut cream and papaya jam. Dan Goldberg’s rich color photography shares the space with numerous, fun illustrations by Sarah Becan that instruct the reader on such techniques as shaping croquettes and whipping up a stir-fried vegetable side dish. An interesting ingredients glossary closes out the book, highlighting rarities like the candlenut and spilling the secrets of the Sichuan peppercorn (spoiler: it’s not really a peppercorn). (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2016
Release date: 10/25/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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