Dumplings. Call them what you want: wontons, tamales, samosas. Every country has their own version of food wrapped in dough. All are wonderfully delicious, and are generally purchased at restaurants and stores. But why? These tasty treats can easily be made from home. In fact, Brian Yarvin shows the many different ways way in create different types of pocket food in his book A World of Dumplings: filled dumplings, pockets, and little pies from around the globe.
Yarvin certainly covers his bases. All corners of the globe are represented in his book, which is organized by continent/region, then country. Learn how to make eggroll wrappers and ground-fish vareniki. And lest you think this book soley focuses on dumpling recipes, Yarvin also includes side recipes for sauces and side dishes that would pair well with the dish. Take your taste buds on a journey around the world, all without leaving your kitchen!
Does the idea of dumplings get your cooking motor revving? Try Tamales, by Mark Miller for a dedicated look at this Mexican version of pocket food. Alternatively, check out Nina Simonds’s Asian Wraps: deliciously easy hand-held bundles to stuff, wrap, and relish, for a modern, focused regional take on dumplings.