In the Kitchen with an Asian Grandmother

I lived in Asia for five years, so I know well the culinary magic that can be wrought by an Asian grandmother (aunties, too). Food writer Pat Tanumihardja knows too. Her book, The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook, will be published in 2009. In the meantime, she’s chronicling her process and progress on her blog of the same name. Whether or not you have an Asian grandmother, it’s worth taking a look at.

With recipes for dishes such as Filipino adobo, a made-from-scratch black bean sauce, and Pat’s mother’s cure for winter colds—a superspicy ginger tea flavored with pandan leaf—the site is a treasure trove of recipes, cooking instructions, and lore.

Pat is also collecting recipes, so all those lucky enough to have an Asian grandmother or auntie of their own can contribute favorite dishes and help preserve Asian family cooking traditions. She is looking for grandmothers to profile as well. The rest of us will just have to check out the blog—and eventual book—to see what we’re missing.