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The new cookbook by J. Kenji López-Alt The Wok features over 200 recipes highlighting the versatility of the wok. Along the way, he shares the science behind this versatility and how to master the basics of cooking.

J. Kenji López-Alt


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J. Kenji López-Alt


The new cookbook by J. Kenji López-Alt The Wok features over 200 recipes highlighting the versatility of the wok. Along the way, he shares the science behind this versatility and how to master the basics of cooking.

J. Kenji López-Alt

What is the most versatile skillet in the kitchen? According to chef and cookbook author J. Kenji López-Alt, it’s the wok! And with spice, he sprinkles scientific explainers into his writing. Today’s episode is just that – wok science in action. He and host Emily Kwong explain how to choose, season and cook with one, and why its unique shape makes it so versatile. Plus, we hear how Emily got away with cooking one of Kenji’s dishes from her new cookbook. The Wok.

This episode was produced by Berly McCoy, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and Gabriel Spitzer, and verified by Rachel Carlson and Margaret Cirino. The field engineer was Natasha Branch and the sound engineer was Josh Newell.