Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Plusixfive Cookbook– YES! OUT NOW!


Sorry for being slow on the blog front again. There have been some massive distractions in my life the 
past couple of weeks, mainly in the form of cardboard boxes and bubble wraps.

I am now back in Singapore, desperately hugging a fan, lying awake at 2am and scratching at mosquito bites on my legs. This will be the case for the next couple of months at least– the Singapore bit, (hopefully) not the melting jetlagged bug-bitten bit. One thing that’s brought me back is the launch of the plusixfive cookbook. For those of you who have been following for a while now, you probably know all about this. I’ve been moaning about layouts and deadlines for the past year, and yes it is finally out.


Plusixfive, a Singaporean supperclub cookbook. Or, how to subvert Singaporean culinary misconceptions, avert stir-fry calamities, make your Nonya grandmother weep with joy, and other badass kitchen skills. Available in Kinokuniya, Popular and all major bookstores and some other cool stores if you're in Singapore; in Bookazine from mid-Nov if you're in Hong Kong; online on Waterstones if you're in London; and on Book Depository if you're anywhere else. We had some limited edition ones on the plusixfive shop, come ruined with extra scribbles and doodles of dead pigs by me and Goz, but I think they are sold out now*.

It’s been a joy and a pain art directing the book and shutting Goz up. Thank you to all those who have helped– chefs, writers, or just greedy friends; photos, recipes or a willing stomach. Thanks especially to the best editor in the world Wei Ling (Epigram books). The official launch happened last Friday. Thank you to Marcus and the rest of Blue Ginger for doing all the dirty work, to our publishers Epigram for getting loved ones together, to everyone who turned up and got a book signed and covered with ugly Sharpie marks by us.


There are recipes by all of us from plusixfive, me included, and if you (like my mum) still don't really believe I can cook, there are also guest recipes from some people who have eaten our food before and definitely can cook– Lizzie (Hollow Legs), Ben (Momofuku Sydney), James (Young Turks), Dave (Burnt Ends), Goz's mama and papa... Foreword by Hsueh, Singapore's top food writer (still the most terrifying person I've cooked for), and James and Sandia from Bubbledogs.

I don't know how to describe this book, but Goz sort of summed it up last summer when we first toyed with the idea: 'In a nutshell, the Asian cookbook scene in London and in Singapore seems to be dominated by Asian celebrities cashing in on the food scene or books written by aging geriatrics and grannies which no hipster would want to be seen reading. I want this book to close that gap'. This book is not your usual pretty cookbook; it's loud and fun and exciting and dotted with messy half-finished food– much like what you get at a plusixfive dinner.


I don't know what else to say but I’ve got a few spreads thrown in to tempt you, and will blog one of the recipes I contributed (with permission) in a couple of weeks’ time. Stay tuned for one of the most requested recipes ever (BAK CHOR MEE!) , or just get the book already.

*Follow me or goz to find out when (if) we might put some more autographed/ vandalized books up for sale. We (I, at least) try not to post too much nonsense.

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51 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Congratulations to you two, it's been great following your progress for the past year and seeing the end result now! You did a great job!

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    1. Thanks Giulia! Yeah it's especially great when you look back and think "oh my god we've actually done it!"

      When are you in sg again? We must hang :)

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  2. oh my god how exciting!... can't wait to get a copy x

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  3. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS BOOK! Yes, I do believe you wrote it ENTIRELY for me, and I won't hear a word to the contrary. This is the book I NEED (because the only Singaporean cook books I could buy in Kinokuniya before I left were a bit... dated, let's leave it at that!). I have so many of your recipes printed out and stuffed in my sticky recipe folder, so I can't wait for this to come out. In fact, it pretty much sorts Christmas for half of my family. Well done Shu Han, you're brilliant. Brilliant brilliant. :-)

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    1. Of course, it's all for you darling ;)

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    2. OMG, just ordered it for my husband's Christmas (obvs it's really for me). Ridic excited!

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    3. Haha! Cheeky! I'm so excited for you too!

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  4. Massive congratulations! What an achievement, the book layouts look fantastic and tempting. Might have to hunt down a copy. Enjoy life back in Singapore.

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    1. Yay the spreads did the trick then ;) Thanks so much Caz! Currently melting..

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  5. THIS IS AWESOME. And not just cos I'm in it. x

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  6. Congratulations! Looks like fun, exciting book!

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  7. Congratulations and wishing you success.

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  8. Congratulations!! What an accomplishment!! Judging by the screenshots, i know this books is filled with honest and delicious recipes! Congrats again!

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    1. Thanks so much Yi! And glad you approve of the screenshots :)

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  9. Congrats, Shu Han! This looks like a very edgy and happening cookbook :)

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    1. Thank you! So glad that came across (YO YO YO!)

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are a star ;-)

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    1. THANK YOU! Ha not yet- one day hopefully ;)

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  11. Congratz, i can barelly taste your passion throught cooking..
    keep sharing and inspiring my friend!

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    1. Thank you so so much! It means so much to me to hear that! x

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  12. Congratulations! An interesting looking/sounding cookbook.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you so much Rosa! Chuffed you like the look of it :)

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  13. Congratulations, Shuhan! I am so happy for you!!! Have fun in Singapore and profit from warm sunny weather...

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    1. Thank you Sissi! We've been blogger friends for so long now it feels so especially nice to hear this coming from you :)

      Warm rainy weather...

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  14. Took me ages to find it on Waterstones! They have misspelt the title of the book - putting plussixfive instead of plusixfive.

    Just thought you should know.

    Obviously been trying to buy it!

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    1. We know!!! Argh, and we've been trying to get in touch with the distributors for ages. But glad you got hold of it anyhow– thank you and woo hoo! I hope you enjoy cooking from it! REPORT BACK PLEASE.

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  15. Oh you're back home! And congratulations on the book, you must be so proud! We will pop by the bookstores to have a peek! Catch up soon...

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    1. Woo! Thank you! Eh let's meet!

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    2. Let's!! Text me when you're available. :D

      Devon

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  16. Omg congrats on the cookbook Shu Han!! Am sure lots of hard work, tears and messy sauces have been poured into the making of this cookbook. I want to get myself a copy! Tried the book depository link but it said it's not available? I'm going to be in Singapore for 3 days in January will probably pick up a copy if still unavailable online!

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    1. Wow thanks so much for the support!!! I don't know what's up with book depository, it's been down forever. Hopefully you get hold of it before the year finishes.. Hey give me a shout in sg if you want- I may still be around!

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  17. Congratulations on the cookbook Shuhan!!! Love the unique cookbook, with the fun illustration and beautiful pictures and all. So happy for you! Enjoy your stay in Singapore! I wish I can join. :)

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    1. Thanks so so much Nami! Means a lot to hear that from you especially. I wish you could join too, would be so much fun :(

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  18. Congratulations on the launch of the plusixfive cookbook Shu! It sounds like quite the time investment (and occasional frustration :) but how great it must feel to create something of this nature -- you must be over the moon! (Life does have a way of interfering with blogging from time to time doesn't it). Heheh! Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! The past year has been MENTAL. But yes, now that it's done, I feel so happy to have done it! And yeah.. well, unimportant things like work keeps getting in the way of important things like the blog, sigh ;)

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  19. Congrats Shuhan ! this cookbook must be very unique and I bet it is fun to read this book!

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    1. Thanks Sonia! I'm glad you think so!

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What an amazing achievement after so much hard work. Can't wait to get my hands on one xx

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  21. Again Shu, many congratulations and so sorry for the late comment to this post! I am so excited and cannot wait to get myself a copy. I predict another trip to Singapore and kinokuniya :) love that store.

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    1. I love that store too Michael- book heaven! Thank you and I hope you manage to get your hands on one :)

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  22. Amazing!! Congratulations on your cookbook - it looks awesome!!!!

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  23. Hi Shu Han - I live in Hong Kong and my New York-based parents want a copy of this -- where can I buy?

    Cheers,
    Tim

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    1. Hello hello Tim! In Hong kong you can get it from Bookazine, and in the US, I think Book depository will ship internationally ALTHOUGH i hear there's been trouble with stocks on their side so it may take a while to sort out....
      Thanks for the support and hope you/ your parents have fun cooking from it :)

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