Wednesday, 1 October 2014

up in da (book) club: Mr Hong!

Those of you who follow me on social media (or heaven forbid IRL) know that over the past year or so, I've been co-writing a book with chef Dan Hong, called Mr Hong. A collection of stories from childhood to date, it has been the greatest adventure working on this project with the talented folk at Murdoch Books and of course my mate Dan. The book hits shelves this week and I'm so very excited to be able finally to share this with y'all.

In the words of Murdoch Books: Eat like you never have before, with Dan Hong at the reins it will be an enjoyable ride.
Dan's appetite for rare sneakers, hip-hop and collecting cookbooks is only surpassed by his passion for food: everything from fast food to fine dining.

Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney with a food-obsessed family and a mother who fell into owning a Vietnamese restaurant by chance, Dan has gone on to become a critically acclaimed chef, working at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Australia, including Sydney's Mr Wong, Ms G's and El Loco.

Dan's potent mix of proud heritage, technical skill and boundless enthusiasm for experimenting with big, bold, fresh flavours makes his approach to food truly unique. Mr Hong is as much an exploration of Dan's colourful path through life as it is a beautifully illustrated book of one hundred scintillating recipes -- Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, as well as fusions of the three -- re-imagined and re-invigorated for a new generation of food obsessives. Feast your eyes and dig in.

Dan Hong has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Australia, including Tetsuya's, Marque and Bentley, and his mentors include Mark Best, Brent Savage and Thomas Johns. He has opened some of Sydney's most exciting dining destinations, including Ms G's, El Loco and Mr Wong (honoured with a hat in its first year of business at theSydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards) and most recently Papi Chulo, a smokehouse and grill at Manly Wharf, Sydney.
Mr Hong is available at all good bookstores and costs $49.99
Check out the promo video by the amazing Jason Loucas, who is also responsible for the amazing photography in the book: