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Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying
October 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying dicuss their new cookcbook, The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider.
About The Gaijin Cookbook
Ivan Orkin is a self-described gaijin (guy-jin), a Japanese term that means “outsider.” He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Even after living in Tokyo for decades and running two ramen shops that earned him international renown, he remained a gaijin.
Fortunately, being a lifelong outsider has made Orkin a more curious, open, and studious chef. In The Gaijin Cookbook, he condenses his experiences into approachable recipes for every occasion, including weeknights with picky kids, boozy weekends, and celebrations. Everyday dishes like Pork and Miso-Ginger Stew, Stir-Fried Udon, and Japanese Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce are what keep the Orkin family connected to Japan. For more festive dinners, he suggests a Temaki Party, where guests assemble their own sushi from cooked and fresh fillings. And recipes for Bagels with Shiso Gravlax and Tofu Coney Island (fried tofu with mushroom chili) reveal the eclectic spirit of Ivan’s cooking.
IVAN ORKIN is the author of Ivan Ramen and a star of Chef’s Table and Mind of a Chef. He owns Ivan Ramen and Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop in NYC, where the food is “so good it makes your eyes explode” (Eater).
CHRIS YING is the co-founder of Lucky Peach, the former publisher of McSweeney’s, and the author and editor of numerous titles including Ivan Ramen, the Mission Chinese Food Cookbook, and You and I Eat the Same. He lives in San Francisco, California.