Review: Why you should buy Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey

I had never actually cooked anything by Rick Stein before until I came across this book while bored and thinking of what to cook for dinner. Of course, I knew who he was. I knew he was adored by many a housewife, and, after cooking a few recipes from his book, I most definitely joined the fan club.

Far Eastern Odyssey is incredible. Originally I was going to lift some pages out of my parent’s book (shhh) but I realised I would be taking 90% of it, so I’m most definitely going to be buying it. Featuring food from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it truly encompasses the far East of Asia. To date (and over only a handful of weeks) I have made 12 dishes from the book, and would have loved to have made more but didn’t have time to get the right ingredients. My dinner table has been replete with mouth-watering dishes from burning hot prawn and noodle salads to slow cooked, melt in your mouth braised pork.