Looking for some last-minute holiday gifts for the foodie in your life?
Local culinary aficionados will want to read the "$266 Million Winning Lottery Recipes," aka the "L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Cookbook," penned by Eddie Flores, Jr., and illustrated by Jon J. Murakami. The intro tells you about a man who bought the lottery ticket at an L&L in California, then won. The book features fun recipes from this popular franchise from chicken luau to pork adobo.
Know someone who will be giving birth soon or who has a growing brood? "Hawaii's Baby & Toddler Cookbook" by Gwendolyn Trowbridge guides island parents through the adventure of feeding babies and toddlers in paradise.
“Simply Ming In Your Kitchen” dishes up a lot of fun and creative ideas by Ming Tsai, a repeat visitor to the islands.
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The chefs with featured recipes and advice include Mark Ellman of Mala Ocean Tavern, Bev Gannon of Hali'imaile General Store, DK Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, James McDonald of I'o, Roger Stettler of Four Seasons Resort Maui, Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Amasia, and Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's. While not all of these chefs live on Maui, they all have restaurants here.
Legendary Boston chef Ming Tsai also just put out a cookbook entitled "Simply Ming In Your Kitchen." While the award-winning PBS host of "Simply Ming" television series lives on the Mainland, he is a regular visitor to Maui and Oahu, and his masterful recipes appeal to local tastes.
His lemongrass and pork lettuce cups include extra zing due to jalapeno heat, calmed by rice noodles and lots of fresh flavors. His chicken-salad Chinoise is a spin off of a famous dish by his friend, Wolfgang Puck. And his Singapore curry-tofu noodles features smoked tofu and crisp bean sprouts, and is every bit as satisfying as meat and seafood curries.