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Hot Sour Salty Sweet : A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia [Hardcover]

Jeffrey Alford , Naomi Duguid
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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31 Oct 2000
Recognizing that the wonderful flavours and tastes of Southeast Asia spill over national borders, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid set out to eat their way through the Mekong region's towns and villages, large and small, collecting recipes, cooking techniques, stories and photographs. Hot Sour Salty Sweet is the glorious result of their travels in the region extending south from China, down through Cambodia to Vietnam and including parts of Laos, Burma and Thailand.

Dishes like Spicy Grilled Beef Salad and Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Fresh Herbs appear side by side with exotic treats like Jungle Curry from North Thailand and Pomelo Salad from Cambodia. There are simple warming soups, easy stir-fries and brilliant hot salsas. And for those with a taste for the sweet, desserts include the delectable Sweet Satin Custard and Bananas in Coconut Cream.

Throughout, the authors offer vivid descriptions of their days spent searching out the complex, seemingly contradictory flavours of hot, sour, salty and sweet and reveal the delightful shared culinary palate of the peoples of the Mekong.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House of Canada (31 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679309500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679309505
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 25.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,160,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A beautifully written and presented book that contains a wide range of interesting recipes many of which are as original as recipes get. It is a book that should be invaluable in the kitchen but also as a coffee table or bedside entertainment. I can see no possibility of any thinking cook not being able to take advantage of many of the ideas the book is bound to generate, let alone gaining many new additions to his/her repertoire.
One of the best cookery books I've come across in ages. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a standard recipe book 14 Dec 2010
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Wonderful book - I warmly recommend all of the books of Alford & Duguid, this one being my favourite because I like SE Asia cooking. The travelogue and stories make this a book you read rather than only flip to a recipe. The recipes in my opinion are not for absolute beginners, and obviously some of the ingredients will be hard to obtain (especially here in the Czech Republic), but generally it's more about 'getting the feel' for the recipe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic 30 April 2012
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a beast of a book. A very hefty coffee table book that is a mix between a travelogue and a recipe/cookery book, billed as a culinary journey through Southeast Asia.

By rights it should be laminated as it might protect the lovely full-colour photographs from being drooled upon as one develops pangs of hunger whilst reading, such is the realistic, lifelike and wonderful images that pepper this book.

Anyway.. the Mekong river is used as a thread within this book as it travails through south-east Asia, explaining and exploring the different yet related cultures and communities and helping to identify what makes their respective culinary cultures tick.

This is not a recipe book with a bit of background thrown in for good measure but a real cultural immersion into south-east Asian countries and their respective tables. You do not, or more precisely should not, use this book as a quick "in and out" reference but instead immerse yourself in its wonder and gain inspiration through educational osmosis. Recipes are not so much picked after searching for something familiar. They seem to be suggested through inspiration and intuition.

The recipes are not split into specific countries but presented by categories and uses, allowing a regional fusion to occur through sections such as Everyday Dependables, Indispensable Condiments, Kids Like It, Breakfast Specials, Vegetarian Options, In the MIddle of Winter and Feast Foods.

Each recipe is presented clearly with both an English language and local language name, a great introduction or overview and very detailed preparation instructions (albeit with only imperial measurements). One gets the impression that the book is designed for leisurely cookery, experimentation and enjoyment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 28 Jan 2013
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If you are into south east asian food youve got to get this book. It has some great recipes and fabulous photograpy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Aug 2001
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This is a fantastic book. The photography is stunning and the receipes are authentic. A must buy!
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