Friday Favorites: Recipes by Madhur Jaffrey, 'Passenger List,' and More
Friday, May 8, 2020
Asia Society at Home
Discover your newest binge and get to know our staff a little better with the Asia Society Texas Center's team favorite ways to stay entertained indoors! Each week, we'll share our picks for what to read, watch, listen to, and more.
Artist: Audrey Nuna
Recommended by Mei Qi, Business and Policy Manager
"Audrey is a Korean American rapper and singer whose vibes are very chill and who describes her sound as 'a mesh of things that probably don't belong together... something that doesn't make sense but some people kind of find pleasurable.' Her music videos are a fascinating, trippy blend of stylized urban backdrops that matches her mix of R&B, hip hop, pop, and trap. It's always really great to see Asian American women in different music genres I didn't necessarily grow up with, and how they've found their own voice."
Podcast: Passenger List
Recommended by Kaitlyn Ellison, Performing Arts and Culture Manager
"This fictional thriller feels like an anachronistic radio program from back in the door. It's a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Flight 702 and the struggles of college student Kaitlin Le, whose twin brother was aboard the flight, to understand what happened. Full of twists and turns, the program is carried by Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars fame, as the perspective through whom all the action occurs. The first season is eight episodes long, and I still have so many questions."
Find it on: The podcast's website (with links to purchase)
Album: Recover by The Naked and Famous
Recommended by Alauna Rubin, Production Manager
"There's a group out of New Zealand called The Naked and Famous that has a new album coming out early May titled Recover. They've released a few singles from it, and they bop — definitely dance-oriented music."
Find it on: The band's website (with links to preorder)
Cookbook: Just One Cookbook
Recommended by Rebecca Becerra, Education, Outreach, and Data Coordinator
"Just One Cookbook is a great find for anyone who has wanted to make at-home Japanese meals. The site is filled with a variety of not only traditional Japanese recipes but also some fusion dishes that are popular in Japan. The recipes are authentic and very simple to follow, not to mention delicious! You can learn how to make miso soup from scratch, baked tonkatsu, and even the delightful souffle pancakes (the matcha ones are my favorite). Nami(ko Chen), the creator of the blog, makes the whole experience feel like you're cooking with a friend."
Recipes by Madhur Jaffrey
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
"Madhur Jaffrey's foray into cooking was quite accidental and born out of necessity when she moved to London at the age of 19 to study drama. While away from home, she missed home-cooked meals and learned to cook by corresponding with her mother. Once she moved to New York, she wrote food articles to supplement her income. Eventually, this led her to writing cookbooks on Indian cuisine which became very successful and she also received requests to appear on TV programs. Highly recommended recipes: quick chicken korma, stir-fried prawns in an aromatic tomato cream sauce, chicken thai red curry, and to satisfy your sweet tooth, try her kheer (rice pudding)."
Find recipes on: BBC Food
Novel: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Recommended by Janey Jiao, Accountant
In this science fiction masterpiece by Cixin Liu, an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures a man-made signal and plans to invade Earth. Janey: "It's a mind-blowing story of the author's brilliant imagination, and recommended by former president Barack Obama."
Find it on: MacMillan Publishing (with links to purchase)
Online: Mochi Magazine
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Marketing and Communications Manager
"I only stumbled across Mochi Magazine recently, but recommend it as an easy rabbit hole! An online magazine for Asian American women, by Asian American women, Mochi Magazine started in 2008 as a publication for teens, but it's since shifted to cover topics for women of all ages. Articles range from beauty to interviews with influential Asian Americans to some light activism, and each semiannual issue is centered on singular themes like 'Ambition,' 'Underdog,' 'Visibility,' and more.
Business and Policy programs are endowed by Huffington Foundation. We give special thanks to Bank of America, Muffet Blake, Anne and Albert Chao, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Nancy Pollok Guinee, United Airlines, and Wells Fargo, Presenting Sponsors of Business and Policy programs; Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, Presenting Sponsors of Exhibitions; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Milton D. Rosenau and Wells Fargo, Presenting Sponsors of Performing Arts and Culture; and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Presenting Sponsor of the Japan Series. General support of programs and exhibitions is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Hearts Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, McKinsey & Company, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Vinson & Elkins LLP, and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as Friends of Asia Society.
About Asia Society at Home
Though Asia Society is temporarily closed, we are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.