Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun’s book, Hunger Management, is on second print run after the initial 2,000 copies sold out

Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun at a meet-and-greet session.
Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun at a meet-and-greet session.PHOTO: STRAITS TIMES PRESS

Lif e editor Tan Hsueh Yun's book, Hunger Management, is on its second print run after the initial 2,000 copies sold out

The Hunger Management cookbook by Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun is on its second print run after selling out the initial 2,000 copies launched in August.

The new copies will be launched by Tan on Oct 14 at household kitchenware retailer and lifestyle store ToTT (Tools of The Trade) in Dunearn Road.

She will talk about her book at the launch and conduct a lucky draw. Admission is free, but attendees have to register for the event and present their registration e-mail to take part in the lucky draw.

Prizes include a 26-inch black Staub Cocotte (worth $598); a Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan (worth $90.90) and a Microplane Zester/Grater (worth $43.90).

ToTT will also offer a 20 per cent discount for the Hunger Management cookbook on Oct 14 and 15.

The book is a compilation of Tan's ongoing fortnightly recipe column that runs in The Sunday Times' Food & Drink pages.

From almost 200 recipes published since 2008, 63 were selected by Tan for the book, which is published by Straits Times Press.

Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun at a meet-and-greet session.


  • WHERE: 5 Senses Bistro @ ToTT, 01-01A Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road

    WHEN: Oct 14, 3 to 5pm


    INFO: Call 6219-7077 (ext 202) or register at

The book is divided into four sections: Feeling Peckish for appetisers and soups, Just Ravenous for main courses, Still Hungry for side dishes and Sweet Cravings for desserts.

On the book, ToTT's director Grace Tan, 38, says: "Hunger Management provides small twists on familiar recipes and helps simplify restaurant recipes for the home cook.

"For example, the soba with mushrooms recipe looks like something my kids and I will enjoy."

Since the book's debut, Tan has been conducting a series of meet-and-greet sessions with fans of her column.

Auxiliary police officer Ching Wei Min, 38, was one of those who had his book signed by Tan at a recent session at Jurong Point's Popular bookstore.

He could not attend the session himself because he was at work. Tan says he wrote her a card and asked the Popular staff to hand her the book, with its cover still wrapped in plastic, to autograph.

Moved by his gesture, Tan headed to his workplace after the signing session.

She says: "Wei Min used to be a chef and has worked in hotels. He told me that he could tell from the recipes that I had tested them and put a lot of work into them.

"There cannot be a higher compliment than this. I was very touched."


Mr Ching, who likes to collect cookbooks, says: "Ms Tan's recipes are easy to understand and I can tell that she has taken the time and effort to perfect them.

"She writes from the point of view of a person trying to cook a dish - and not just for professional chefs.

"It made my day when she came to say hello to me."

Tan adds: "When the book came out, I was thinking that I'd be happy if it sold 50 copies. Now, it's going for a reprint and this feels a little unreal.

"I'm so grateful for the support of readers and so happy to have met people who came to the signing sessions. They spur me on to do better.

"Plus, some of them have been asking me why isn't this or that recipe in this book. So, I guess I will be working on book 2?"

• Hunger Management is available at major bookstores ($26.75 with GST), as well as online at www.stpress

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2017, with the headline 'Readers hungry for recipe book'. Print Edition | Subscribe