Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i [A Cookbook]

October 5, 2019 - Comment

From Maui native and popular food blogger Alana Kysar, this gorgeous cookbook of 85 fresh and sunny recipes reflects the major cultures that have influenced local Hawaiʻi food over time: Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipino, and Western. In Aloha Kitchen, Alana Kysar takes you into the homes, restaurants, and farms of Hawaiʻi, exploring the cultural and agricultural

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From Maui native and popular food blogger Alana Kysar, this gorgeous cookbook of 85 fresh and sunny recipes reflects the major cultures that have influenced local Hawaiʻi food over time: Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipino, and Western.

In Aloha Kitchen, Alana Kysar takes you into the homes, restaurants, and farms of Hawaiʻi, exploring the cultural and agricultural influences that have made dishes like plate lunch and poke crave-worthy culinary sensations with locals and mainlanders alike. Interweaving regional history, local knowledge, and the aloha spirit, Kysar introduces local Hawaiʻi staples like saimin, loco moco, shave ice, and shoyu chicken, tracing their geographic origin and history on the islands. As a Maui native, Kysar’s roots inform deep insights on Hawaiʻi’s multiethnic culture and food history. In Aloha Kitchen, she shares recipes that Hawaiʻi locals have made their own, blending cultural influences to arrive at the rich tradition of local Hawaiʻi cuisine. With transporting photography, accessible recipes, and engaging writing, Kysar paints an intimate and enlightening portrait of Hawaiʻi and its cultural heritage.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Beautiful local cookbook! I had been looking forward to receiving this book since I pre-ordered it last fall and it does not disappoint. This is the local cookbook I have been waiting for! I have a big collection of cookbooks including several local cookbooks from Hawaii, and I can honestly say that this is the first cookbook where I want to make every single recipe. It is so well curated and the photography is so gorgeous. It would make a beautiful coffee table book, but it’s going to stay in the kitchen since I’ll be…

Anonymous says:

Pure Joy I never buy cookbooks but after friends kept posting their food conquests attributed to this cookbook, I was sold (I was sold by the meat jun recipe). For years, I’ve been Google and Pinteresting “Hawaiian style” recipes and this book literally covers all of the classics I’ve searched for. Somen salad, mochiko chicken, Portugese bean soup! What an amazing collection of local classics!You know that scene in Ratattouli where the food critic takes a bite of Remi’s food and he gets…

Anonymous says:

Beautiful, thank you This cookbook captures so much about Hawaii- the confluence of so many cultures over the years, some history, the beauty, and a sense of place with the people.There are a lot of Hawaii cookbooks filled with Merriman’s, et al, recipes, which are not accessible, contain rarefied ingredients, and are very touristy. Thankfully, Aloha Kitchen is NOT that kind of cookbook.So much love for this cookbook. Thank you, Alana.

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