101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die by Chef Jet Tila is the cookbook I have been waiting for. The recipes are authentic, full of flavors and simple to prepare. Last week, I had the honor and pleasure to meet chef Jet Tila in person at Melissa’s produce. He learned to cook from his grandmother. His Chinese grandparents immigrated to Thailand where his parents were born. Chef Jet Tila was born and raised in East Los Angeles. His parents came to the U.S. in 1966. He attended Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and Japanese cooking school.
Chef Jet Tila is an award-winning chef and TV personality, in spite of that, he is very humble and accesible. He was named Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine by the Royal Thai Consul General in Los Angeles. I learned something interesting from him, he opened up the first Thai restaurant in El Salvador.
I love every recipe in this cookbook. Chef Tila takes the time to demystify Asian cuisine. He is so passionate about his cooking and his family, he is a true family man. Here are some photos from this unique and beautiful cookbook. Thank you Alton Brown for making this happen.