The cookbook is a national Junior League tradition dating back to 1940, and our very own Junior League of Honolulu upholds that tradition admirably. Like the women who make up the League, Junior League cookbooks are prized for their beauty, quality, and reliability. Recipes submitted by Junior League of Honolulu members and local chefs, restaurants and hotels competed for a spot in the cookbook through a triple-testing process for delicious taste, ease of preparation, and Hawaiian aloha spirit.
The Junior League of Honolulu’s third cookbook, Aloha Days, Hula Nights, published in 2006, is a contemporary classic and by far the League’s most popular cookbook today, due to the careful selection and loving preparation of recipes contributed by the women of the Junior League of Honolulu. In a modern departure from its previous cookbooks, the glossy pages and full-color photos are as delightful as the recipes themselves.
Aloha Days, Hula Nights is organized by time of day: Morning features delightful breakfasts and breads; Midday includes mouthwatering salads, sandwiches, and soups; Afternoon delivers sparkling appetizers and beverages; Evening contains delicious entrees, condiments, grains, and vegetables, and Nightfall offers sumptuous desserts. The extensive index is organized by ingredient, not just by title, which makes the cookbook easy to use with ingredients on hand in your kitchen. The recipes themselves include helpful notes with healthy alternatives, ingredient explanations, and serving suggestions.
Over 375 recipes include a variety of flavors for a sampling of the many cultures that influence life in the Hawaiian Islands. Both local and imported ingredients blend together to create traditional and Pacific Rim culinary experiences. From Wahoo in Banana Leaf and Maui Lavender Spiced Cornish Hens to Shanghai Noodles and Pineapple Zucchini Loaf, the recipes are as diverse as their contributors, and offer an opportunity for all to enjoy entertaining with island style. Aloha Days, Hula Nights also features original artwork by island artists, including Pegge Hopper, Suzanne Ball, Patrice Federspiel, Susan Szabo, Roberta Goodman and Yvonne Cheng.
In Aloha Days, Hula Nights, the recipes take center stage, with resounding success. If you could own only one Hawaiian cookbook, Aloha Days, Hula Nights is da kine.
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