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Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia

by Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid (Author)

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Beautifully illustrated, wonderful recipes. Some ingredients you might not find in your local grocery store, but it's worth it to try to track those ingredients down via the Internet or through specialty stores. ( )
  velvetpaws | Feb 17, 2014 |
A big gorgeous coffee-table travelogue-cookbook, and a fascinating introduction to Southeast Asia, but not really practical to cook out of unless one copies the recipes out onto separate pieces of paper. ( )
  Rubygarnet | Mar 27, 2012 |
I adore this book for its blend of cooking and travel writing. I have purchased all of their books (or begged them as Christmas gifts... or given them as wedding presents). I have to acknowledge, though, that I haven't been successful with all the recipes, and that sometimes, the techniques don't quite translate to my own home kitchen.

Nevertheless, highly recommended. ( )
  onthequest | Apr 14, 2010 |
Gorgeous, mouth watering coffee table book. It isn't clear how many of these recipes one can actually make without access to unobtainable ingredients, but the photography and travel commentary alone are worth the price of admission. The authors have a dream job! ( )
  RoaldEuller | Mar 25, 2008 |
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The culinary map of Southeast Asia is about to change if award-winning authors Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid have anything to do with it. Recognizing that the wonderful flavors of Southeast Asia spill over national borders, Alford and Duguid set out to eat their way through the region's towns and villages, large and small, all the while collecting recipes, cooking techniques, stores and photographs.

This book is the glorious result of their travels through the Mekong region of Southeast Asia, a fascinating area that extends south from China, through Laos and Thailand, to Cambodia and Vietnam. The book's more than 175 recipes for spicy salsas, welcoming soups, grilled meat salads and exotic desserts are accompanied by evocative stories about places and people. The recipes and stories are gorgeously illustrated throughout with more than 150 full color food and travel photographs.

Through the course of their travels in the Mekong region, Alford and Duguid came to realize that the local cuisines—just like those of the Mediterranean—share a common creative genius in the kitchen, a distinctive palate. This shared culinary approach emerges as the book unfolds. In each chapter, from Salsas to Street Food, Noodles to Desserts, dishes from different cuisines within the region appear side by side. A hearty Lao chicken soup is next to a Vietnamese ginger-chicken soup; a Thai vegetable stir-fry comes after Spicy Stir-Fried Potatoes from Southwest China.

The book invites a flexible approach to cooking and eating, for dishes from different places can be happily served and eaten together; Khmer Stir-Fried Pork with Green Beans pairs well with Grilled Tomato Salsa from China and Thai jasmine rice; Thai Grilled Chicken with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce goes beautifully with Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad and Lao sticky rice.

At last, the incredible flavors of this great culinary region are celebrated with all the passion, color and life that they deserve.
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Presents over 175 recipes for Southeast Asian dishes, covering all courses from soups to desserts; and includes photographs and anecdotes about the author's culinary travels along the Mekong River.

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