Fish cookbook that has photographs and Asian fish?
May 10, 2014 4:56 AM   Subscribe

We want to be great at fish and seafood dishes. The last question was on UK cookbooks, and the US fish books don't match the fish we have available in Singapore - pomfret and snakehead for example. I'd prefer a cookbook with lots of photographs that focuses on skills rather than specific recipes. An iPad app would be fine too.
posted by viggorlijah to Food & Drink (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Sounds like the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook could be what you want. And please take a look at the WWF's sustainable fish guide before you shop! The pomfret is endangered due to overfishing.
posted by travelwithcats at 5:43 AM on May 10, 2014

Fish, the Basics: An Illustrated Guide to Selecting and Cooking Fresh Seafood by Shirley King is a good one. Yes, it is a U.S. author, but once you research and know some basic facts about the fish you have available in Singapore I think it might be helpful - i.e. which fish you have that are oily or strongly flavored versus mild and sweet (think sole; snakehead is also mild I think) - you can then adapt/substitute with recipes.

Also, since snakeheads are now in the U.S., you will see some recipes here for them. For example, the right sidebar on this site has a video on how to fillet them, and several recipes.
posted by gudrun at 10:44 AM on May 10, 2014

I ended up buying Fish Market based on reviews and it came this week. It's not what I wanted entirely either, but the range of the recipes and notes about the fish (what to swap for what, ecological notes etc) is sufficient and it's a pleasant smallish book. I didn't want to lug a giant encyclopedia with me to the supermarket where I have access to only a fraction of the fish species, and with this, I can cook about 80% of the recipes as an introduction to more fish in our diet.

Travelwithcats, I've got that as a printout tucked into the cookbook for reference, thank you so much!
posted by viggorlijah at 2:01 AM on May 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

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