The best praise I can give this book is that it is now the most dog-eared, food-splashed cookbook on my shelf, so often have I used it.
I enjoy cooking and whilst I occasionally like spending 2 hours preparing a meal that I'm going to eat in 15 minutes, most of the time I like to keep preparation and cooking to a minimum and this is where "Hot Wok" comes into its own - most of the recipes take under half an hour from prep to presentation, and very few require complex prep or cooking techniques, most being of the chop & fry variety.
Unlike some Asian cookbooks, "Hot Wok" does not expect you to have access to obscure ingredients and won't have you scouring your local supermarket or Asian grocer for galangal, kaffir lime leaves or tamarind paste - most recipes use common ingredients that you should be able to find at your local market.
Since owning the book I've had a go at most of the dishes within and am yet to be disappointed by any of them. The Thai minced pork with basil is fantastic, the Balinese chicken innovative and surprising, and Hom's Franco-Chinese fusion garlic braised chicken is superb. And having lived in Vietnam for a year, I can confirm that the Vietnamese dishes, particularly the lemon grass chicken, are totally authentic in taste and appearance.
In short, the perfect book for anyone who wants to cook Asian food but has neither the time nor inclination to spend hours hunting down and preparing ingredients, yet who still wishes to create dishes that look good and taste even better.