Myra Kornfeld is the author of cookbooks such as The Healthy Hedonist, The Healthy Hedonist Holidays, the Voluptuous Vegan and Cooking with the Muse. More information on her cookbooks can be found on her website at http://myrakornfeld.com/books.php
If you think all Japanese food is either sushi or kaiseki—the multicourse ceremonial meals made of artful small dishes—think again. When it comes to everyday cooking in the East, meals are uncomplicated, easy and often centered around a single dish.
When I was introduced to Vietnamese food years ago, I was immediately taken with the incredible flavors of the simple dishes - aromatic rice, hot and sour soups, mild coconut-based curries, feathery noodles and Asian wraps. There is no mystery to this cuisine, just some easy techniques that turn simple ingredients into wonderful dishes.