1. Malaysia: Recipes From a Family Kitchen by Ping Coombes
Winner of 2014 MasterChef UK, Ping Coombes—along with fellow MasterChef winners, Adam Liaw and Diana Chan—are passionate about introducing the world to the complex and rich flavours of Malaysian and South-East Asian cuisine. Coombes' cookbook is the ultimate beginner's guide to some of our favourite Malaysian dishes, such as chicken curry, chilli pan mee and chilli crab with fried mantau. She provides a comprehensive explanation of essential ingredients that can make or break a dish, from kicap manis to kaffir lime leaves.
The best way to learn how to cook the best Malaysian food is to learn it from the older generation but their 'agak-agak' or intuitive cooking style that comes from decades of experience can sometimes be difficult to follow. As a solution, we recommend these cookbooks that provide easy recipes for beloved Malaysian snacks, dishes and desserts from all around the country.