Mai Pham, a cookbook author and the chef and owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant in Sacramento, calls Thai flavors "sexy—bold, vibrant, hot and citrusy." Her recipes prove it.
Grace Young, the author of the award-winning cookbooks The Breath of a Wok and The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, adapts two classic Chinese dishes for speed.
Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, the author of Eating Korean, was born in Seoul and now lives in California. Her recipes have a Los Angeles twist, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables.
Hiroko Shimbo, a Japanese-cookbook author (whose next work, about sushi, is due to be published next year), creates recipes that pay homage to each ingredient.