Extraordinary global creations from the chef of Michelin-starred Junoon!
Aliya LeeKong, one of New York City's top culinary innovators, has traveled the world to fulfill her passion to translate global flavors into accessible, delicious meals for you to cook at home. In this book, she transports you to faraway lands with more than 100 recipes inspired by both familiar and traditional Western recipes and the cultures she's visited during her culinary journeys. You will also learn the fascinating stories behind many of these globally inspired dishes and her simple techniques for mouthwatering recipes like:
Harissa and cheese-stuffed fried olives
Israeli couscous salad with lemon, fennel, and basil
Kenyan coconut-coriander chicken
Honey-braised lamb shanks with butternut squash and apples
Mexican chocolate loaf cake
Whether you're a culinary adventurer or a weeknight cook looking to spice up you repertoire, Exotic Table will take you on an unforgettable tour around the world--without leaving your kitchen.
"In this beautiful and user-friendly cookbook, Aliya takes us on a culinary journey around the world and introduces us to exotic flavors and techniques that make cultural cooking so exciting. I love how she weaves in the stories behind the recipes, which are so important in understanding the origins of food, and similarities that exist between different cultures. She does a wonderful job making the unfamiliar feel familiar and gives home cooks easy-to-use recipes that will help expand palates. This is a cookbook that will be used often...bookmarks, stains, creases, and all!" --Aaron Sanchez, author of Simple Food, Big Flavor and judge on Food Network's Chopped
"In this delicious collection of recipes, we are reminded how travel and memories inspire new dishes that connect us to a faraway place. Aliya seeks out exciting flavors and fragrances from all over the world and re-imagines them into accessible, achievable meals to make at home." --Ana Sortun, chef and owner of Oleana and author of Spice
"Her background makes her interesting. But what she does in the kitchen makes her one from which to learn...the fun of cooking from Exotic Table is to jump in with both feet." --Providence Journal
"Good read. LeeKong, a first generation American with an Indo-Pakistani and Tanzanian heritage, breaks modern American cooking out of the box. With more than 100 original recipes, the dishes are infused with creative, bold flavors." - The Orlando Sentinel