Cooking From The Heart

I just had to share this with everyone. My cousin and I were talking about cooking something simple and the topic of a cook book came up. My other cousin, who was eavesdropping, mention to us about a Hmong Cook book. This one mainly have recipes that are share through US. Sheng Yang and Sami Scripter wrote a recipe book full of Hmong recipes call : Cooking From the Heart, The Hmong Kitchen in America. This is something that i would like to get a copy of. I think it’ll be very useful for me, since I’m Hmong and my old lady nags on me each time i cook something. I seriously can’t cook, seriously. I even burn my eggs and mess up on my rice!

Check their website out too!

“Simple, earthy, fiery, and fresh, Hmong food is an exciting but still little-known Southeast Asian cuisine. We have gathered more than one hundred recipes from Hmong cooks across America. They range from well-known items such as egg rolls and green papaya salad, to more unfamiliar dishes, such as Nqaij Qaib Hau Xyaw Tshuaj (Chicken Soup for New Mothers) and Dib Iab Ntim Nqaij Hau Ua Kua (Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup). Cooking from the Heart is beautifully illustrated with color photos of completed dishes (click your refresh button to view more dishes), black and white photos from inside Hmong kitchens, and provides descriptions of unusual ingredients and cooking techniques.

Cooking from the Heart is the first cookbook to clearly set out the culinary traditions of the Hmong people as well as the cultural significance such traditions hold. The recipes are accompanied by anecdotes, stories, and poems that demonstrate the importance of food and cooking in Hmong culture, and they offer a dramatic perspective on the immigrant experience. We explain diet restrictions and taboos as well as how herbs and foods are traditionally used for healing purposes. The oral tradition by which these recipes have been passed down has meant that Hmong cooking has not yet reached a wide audience in the United States. While designed for an American kitchen, Cooking from the Heart encourages readers to seek out Hmong herbs and vegetables only recently introduced in the United States. After all, the essence of Hmong cuisine is cooking with an adventurous and creative spirit – from the heart. ”


Seriously getting a copy. I think it’ll definately become useful for me. 😀