Let’s Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan

Let’s Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. Ten Speed Press, 2019. 9780399581991. 184pp including an index!

This book has pretty much everything I would have ever thought to ask about ramen. My favorite parts from the introduction: the history of ramen, including the invention of the method of flash-frying ramen noodles in 1948, and the “Some Of Our Favorite Bowls” spread which serves as a great overview to ramen and the rest of the book. Making stock from scratch still seems like a lot of work, but the “Homemade Instant Ramen Cubes” sound like something I might try. (“Fast Weeknight Ramen Broth” is even more my speed.) “A Noodle Primer” with Kenshiro Uki of Sun Noodle and Ramen Lab (he’s not the book’s only guest star) made me hungry, and reminded me of my ex-stepfather rolling out his own pasta when I was a kid. There’s a section on meat along with lots of vegetarian options throughout including “Pickled Shitake Mushrooms” which sound amazing.

This book is pretty much guaranteed to make anyone hungry, and may have gadget-oriented folks like me shopping for pasta rollers and pressure cookers.


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