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[Photograph: Maren Caruso]

This Chilled Tofu with Crunchy Baby Sardines from Andrea Nguyen's newly released bean curd bible, Asian Tofu, is all about textures. Creamy tofu is topped with crisp, fried, tiny sardines, fresh shiso, and crunchy toasted sesame seeds.

Super simple and clean, this starter showcases how enjoyable tofu can be with just a few smart garnished. Mild on its own, the tofu takes on a wonderful savoriness through the soy and potato chip like sardines. Oh, and those sardines? Well, this recipe is worth it just for them. Nguyen calls them "oceanic bacon bits" in the intro and she's spot on—they are just that good.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of 'Asian Tofu' to give away.

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