Tofu has been a staple food for millions of people in Asia for centuries. Tofu contains high quality protein, no cholesterol, is low in calories, and is inexpensive to purchase or make at home.
Because of its smooth texture and ability to absorb and complement other flavors, tofu is one of the most versatile forms of using soybeans. Tofu can be used as fillings in Mexican dishes, in casseroles, or in place of ricotta cheese in any Italian recipe. It makes great sandwiches, spreads, and pizzas. Blended, tofu can be made into dips, sauces, cream pies, or cheesecakes. The recipes in this book are only a sampling of all the dishes that can be made from tofu. Use your imagination to create your own recipes.
There are different types and textures of tofu, and this is good to know when cooking with it or making it. Some tofu contains more water and is softer and silkier. This is the best kind to use for blender products or soft spreads. Other tofu is denser and firmer and is better for slicing, deep frying or crumbling, but doesn’t blend as smooth.