Hawaii Cooks: Flavors from Roy's Pacific Rim Kitchen

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Ten Speed Press, 2003 - Cooking - 165 pages
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For five seasons, Roy Yamaguchi has explored the ingredients and growers of Hawaii on his public television show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi. Now, in a companion volume to the sixth season, he brings his rich culinary discoveries to home kitchens. In HAWAII COOKS, Roy introduces a comprehensive pantry that describes his favorite ingredients in detail and carefully explains how flavors, textures, and colors play off and complement each other on the plate. As a classically trained chef, Roy combines fresh, Hawaiian-grown ingredients with French cooking techniques to produce a mouthwatering collection of recipes with eastern and western influences. Recipes such as Crab and Taro Cakes with B?©arnaise Sauce, Lamb Steaks with Sweet Potato Mash and Apple-Curry Sauce, and Crab with Vanilla Sauce pack an unexpected punch in every delicious bite, bringing out the flavors of ingredients in ways that only Roy can. The companion book to Roy Yamaguchi'¬?s sixth season of Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi, broadcast on public television. Includes an in-depth pantry section that comprises nearly a quarter of the book, a detailed description of Roy'¬?s cooking style, and 60 of Roy'¬?s signature recipes. Features full-color ingredient and styled food photography.Roy received the 1993 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest.

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The thing that irks me about this book is that it is so geared towards Hawaii specific ingredients, that it is nearly impossible to replicate most of the recipes in Mass. Yamaguchi IS brilliant though. Read full review

About the author (2003)

JOAN NAMKOONG is the coauthor with Roy Yamaguchi of Hawaii Cooks, and author of The Food Lover's Guide to Honolulu and Go Home, Cook Rice. She lives in cool, misty Waimea, Hawaii.


After growing up in Japan, ROY YAMAGUCHI moved to New York to train at the Culinary Institute of America. In 1988, he left the mainland to open the first Roy's, in Honolulu. In 1993, he was named Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest by the James Beard Foundation, and he now operates 33 Roy's restaurants worldwide.

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