Asian cuisines are renowned for their delicious diversity, inviting cooks to discover a world of vibrant flavors and venerable food traditions. Part of Williams-Sonoma's "Essentials" series, this comprehensive cookbook explores the signature recipes and culinary cultures of fifteen Asian countries – from the northernmost regions of China and Japan to the archipelagoes of Indonesia. You'll expand your kitchen repertoire with more than 130 authentic recipes for beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, main courses and sweets, all showcasing regional ingredients, techniques and traditions. Instructive color photos provide a step-by-step guide to such fundamentals as assembling dumplings, making flatbread and cooking tempura. For further in-depth information, consult special sections on Asia's culinary history, Asian tea service, stocking your pantry and creating menus. A basics section provides recipes for condiments and garnishes, while a complete glossary explains key ingredients. Hardcover, 288 pages.