Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Chili Crisp: 50+ Recipes to Satisfy Your Spicy, Crunchy, Garlicky Cravings

Chili Crisp is a perfect accessory cookbook of recipes collected, developed, and curated by James Park. Released 29th Aug 2023 by Chronicle Books, it's 176 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

Lovers of Asian cuisine will already be familiar with the ubiquitous jars of chili crisp, the oil with flakes of delicious crispy pepper, which grace every table in their favorite restaurants. There are an infinite number of variations to be found, and the author has collected 50 favorites here for a wide variety of different uses. 

The recipes are arranged thematically: essential chili crisps,  all day breakfast & midday snacks, noodles & carbs, meat seafood & more, side dishes, and desserts (!!). Recipes are provided with an ingredient list in bullet form in a sidebar, serving size and info, and followed by step-by-step cooking instructions. Ingredient measures are given in imperial (American) units followed by metric measures in parentheses (yay!). Nutritional information is not included.

About half the recipes are accompanied by one or more full color photos. Serving suggestions are attractive and appropriate. Some of the ingredients and specialty spices will require access to a large international food store or online sources.

Four and a half stars. Wonderfully quirky, creative, and delicious recipes. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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