If the fun, quirky title of this cookbook doesn't catch your attention, then author Poh Ling Yeow's delightful writing style and inspiring recipes surely will! Poh says she's no chef and she's proud of that fact. 'For me the joy in what I do is all about representing home cooks. I always want to write books that honestly reflect how I cook every day, which is how every Aussie cooks... I want you to USE this book. I hope I inspire you to make a mess in your kitchen and get these pages dirty.'
Same Same But Different offers a smorgasbord of recipes in pairs, each of which share a process ingredient or texture. The book is divided into interesting Chapters titled Small Bites; Beast, Fowl I Fish; Seafood; I ❤ Carbs; Green Things; Sweet Things; and Bibs & Bobs. Each of these is divided into paired segments such as 'Bite-sized Spice', for instance, which comprises Kunyit (Turmeric) Fried Chicken opposite Curry Puffs; or 'A Feast with Yeast' which features Antonio's Pan-Fried Pizza opposite Cinnamon Twists with Chocolate Sauce. Yum!!!
Poh's Chinese-Malay heritage comes into play and she skilfully combines Asian recipes with classic Aussie favourites, inspiring home cooks to venture into the brave world of taking fresh new directions with familiar ingredients. Each of the recipes has a short introduction from Poh and the words are as delicious as the recipes! Love it.
Same Same But Different by Poh, ABC Books, $39.99. I'd like to thank Poh and the publicity team at ABC Books and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to review this delightful title. I am greatly looking forward to road testing the recipes!
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