Friday Favorites Remixed: Summer's Best
Discover your newest binge and get to know our staff a little better with the Asia Society Texas Center team's favorite ways to stay entertained indoors! In each post we'll share with you our picks for what to read, watch, listen to, and more.
Our Friday Favorites: Remixed series looks back at the dozens of suggestions our staff members have made over the last few months, collecting them by theme and adding a couple new suggestions to help you find exactly what you most want to nerd out to!
We're capping off our summer Staff Picks with our top selection in every category: Taste, watch, listen, follow, read, and play along with the six selects that our audience engaged with the most. We've enjoyed sharing these with you all!
The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Marketing and Communications Manager
"This is not your average 'pan-Asian' cookbook. Featuring recipes from China, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook is unique because its emphasis is on home-style, old-school recipes. I've found that many cookbooks, in their attempts to represent multiple countries, err on the side of oversimplifying recipes. This book does no such thing — and, throughout, it features two-page spreads profiling grandmothers who contributed their recipes, techniques, and wisdom to the book. This is a wonderful resource and introduction to home cooking, and a delight to read on its own merits."
Shoplifters by Hirokazu Koreeda
Recommended by Oleg Jolic, Senior Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
"A beautiful meditation on love and family (biological or any other). In many ways a gentler, more humanistic and spiritually driven take on the class and the family than Parasite, Shoplifters is a masterpiece."
Recommended by Rebecca Becerra, Education, Outreach, and Data Coordinator
"I listen to Joe Hisaishi's music in the mornings. He's the composer for most of the music in the Studio Ghibli films and other movies. I find his style nostalgic, and I particularly like the Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle soundtracks."
Recommended by Janine Mae Arostique, Development Manager
"I love Jun's Kitchen. It's a YouTube channel that focuses primarily on traditional Japanese food. Although he does not post as frequently as other cooking channels, he has well-edited videos on how to prepare udon noodles, sushi, temari balls, and more. Plus he often features his adorable cats in the background while he is preparing meals."
Find it on: YouTube
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Recommended by Stephanie Todd Wong, Director of Performing Arts and Culture
"This is such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. Shobha Rao creates a vibrant and cruel world for the heroines Poornima and Savitha. It is a story of friendship that I couldn't put down, all the way up to the surprise ending."
Find it on: Shobha Rao's website (with links to purchase)
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
"Carrom is a tabletop game similar to pool, and most commonly played in South Asia, especially India and Pakistan. It is popular amongst all age groups and played by families and friends as an enjoyable pastime. It is a simple game with a square wooden board, a striker, and small wooden disks of 19 pieces in three distinct colors — also known as carrom men. Carrom men are designed to slide when struck and are made with a smooth surface that slides easily when laid flat on the board. A carrom board can be found in most South Asian homes. Fun fact: Some say that Carrom was invented by Indian Maharajas!"
Find it on: Carrom Shop
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