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The Dumpling Galaxy, Book Review

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook, by Helen You

About the Book: “Flushing jiaozi master Helen You’s guide to what many consider the best shuijiao (or boiled Chinese dumplings) in town.” [New York magazine]
From the restaurant where adventurous foodies get the freshest dumplings in New York City, comes the ultimate Chinese cookbook with 60 recipes for classic and unexpected dumplings and dim sum-like side dishes. New York Times critic Pete Wells calls Helen You “a kind of genius for creating miniature worlds of flavor” and, indeed her recipes redefine the dumpling: Lamb and Green Squash with Sichuan pepper; Spicy Shrimp and Celery; Wood Ear Mushroom and Cabbage; and desserts such as Sweet Pumpkin and Black Sesame Tang Yuan. With information on the elements of a great dumpling, stunning photography, and detailed instructions for folding and cooking dumplings, this cookbook is a jumping-off point for creating your own galaxy of flavors.

My Thoughts: I love cooking, especially foods that are a little out of my comfort zone, so of course I love cookbooks. That meant as soon as I saw The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook being offered I had to check it out. Starting out with appearances, I like the red side and the cover photo is cute, and even cute is that this book is a smaller size like a guide book. The recipes are great, easy to follow and not too hard to find the ingredients so beginner cooks would be able to use this cookbook. I’m also happy that there’s a dessert dumpling section and while this is a mores asian cookbook there is a lot of variety. I only wish there were more photos.

Have you enjoyed any dumpling recipes lately? Or are you looking to try one, comment below and let me know.



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