Made in Taiwan Cookbook Review

Made in Taiwan Cookbook Review

Title: Made in Taiwan: Recipes and Stories from the Island Nation
Author: Clarissa Wei
Published: September 19, 2023, S&S/Simon Element
No. of Pages: 384
Cover Price: $36.00 Hardcover, $19.99 Kindle

Having visited Taiwan several years ago, enjoying the wonderful food, I was excited to pick up a copy of Made in Taiwan: Recipes and Stories from the Island Nation, by Clarissa Wei. It was nice to read about the culinary history of the Island, as well as the author’s stories; this book kept me busy reading in a corner for hours. The best part, however, was the diverse and appealing recipes in this excellent cookbook.

The chapter on ingredients is helpful; I used it to make a list of the ingredients to purchase at my favorite Asian grocery store. There are so many good recipes, I wanted to be ready to make any dish that struck my fancy without having to go to the store. The Taiwanese tend to use offal for some recipes, and I skipped those ingredients, but others may embrace it. There is also a chapter featuring dishes from Taiwan’s Night Market, which I visited, so it had special meaning for me.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients listed first, followed by very detailed step-by-step instructions. There are also helpful comments and helpful hints at the beginning of the recipes. Both advanced and beginning cooks will find it easy to make picture-perfect and delicious dishes from this cookbook.

Made in Taiwan includes beautiful, professional photographs of not only the mouthwatering dishes, but also locals, the city, and the countryside. Some of the more involved dishes have step-by-step photographs with are very helpful.

The more I look at the book, the longer my queue of “must make this week” gets. Fans of Taiwanese food will want to pick up this book and it will keep al of us busy making new dishes for weeks.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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