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Monday, October 15, 2007
Round and plump
I've never met a dumpling I didn't like, so I was thrilled to see "A World of Dumplings" (The Countryman Press) in my towering pile of cookbooks. Author Brian Yarvin offers 100 round, plump, and filling little bundles. Yarvin is a food and commercial photography instructor and his book is dense with photos.
He has taken some very charming pictures of kids and dumplings, along with lots of close-ups of crimping, folding, and wrapping. You'll find Japanese gyoza, Cantonese shrimp dumplings, Indian samosas (along with a samosa log of learning to make them himself), Turkish manti, Polish vareniki, Jewish kreplach, and more.
He's obsessed -- in a good way.