Traditional Ethnic Recipes
I'm looking for authentic recipes that showcase cuisines - Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Greek, Ethiopian, etc.
My goal is to have 2-3 "go-to" recipes per cuisine that highlight traditional flavours. I'm looking for simple, home-y recipes.
I'd prefer not to buy a cookbook for each cuisine, and I'm tired of using google only to have the top hits being recipes beginning with "1/2 a cup of X-brand thai peanut sauce"
Does anybody have any bright ideas?
Other than searching below the top Google hits, I think there's a couple of ways you could go forward.
First is to think of a good cookery book for a cuisine, then see if the author has a website which includes recipes. Second is to track a discussion board for ex-pats of the particular country and see if it has a foody sub-forum.
Pleased to see you're looking for "traditional" flavours , rather than the considerably nebulous "authentic" - but you may wish to amend the thread title to fit.
There are many good resources for Japanese cooking. I especially like Cooking with Dog (You Tube), justhungry (and the bento version- justbento), japanesefood.about.com (no longer active, but is still a good resource) and Japanese Food Report.
For Korean I like maangchi and Aeri's kitchen.
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For Ethiopian, I've made these (vegetarian) recipes and found them pretty comparable to local restos (with a few tweaks as I recall, mostly increased spicing - I don't keep track but go by taste, which should be easy if you've gone to Ethiopian restaurants):
Hit up Wikipedia for an article about a specific country's cuisine (for example, Mexican...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_...)
Pick specific dishes to do searches for. Look for posts by bloggers who write about that country's cuisine. There are usually groups of bloggers who often link to each other. You want to find a blogger who actually gets comments on posts and who posts more than just a recipe and pretty pictures.