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Lonely Planet: World Food: Thailand [Paperback]

Joe Cummings
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1 Mar 2000 Lonely Planet World Food
The definitive culinary guide to Thailand. With tantalising photography throughout and written in an entertaining, opinionated and contemporary style, this guide is intended to be the benchmark for the country's cuisine. This pocket-sized guide includes everything to do with eating and drinking in Thailand.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864500263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864500264
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lime, galangal, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, coriander, holy basil, lemongrass, mint leaves--is your mouth watering already? Healthier and lighter than Chinese or Indian, fragrant Thai food was Britain's culinary craze of the 1990s. Green curry joined spaghetti, pizza and chicken korma on standard British menus, although like the others, it often rarely resembled the original. If green curry, tomyam soup and phat |thai have tempted your taste buds, this book tells you more.

Beautifully designed and glossy throughout, the pocket-sized World Food Thailand is enthusiastically written by Lonely Planet Thailand's. Joe Cummings, with succulent images from specialist food photographer Jerry Alexander. The content is imaginative and incredibly detailed. Everything has been thought of. It guides you through hundreds of dishes (from snacks to banquets), as well as traditions, etiquette, festivals and history. The county's cuisine is explored region by region and there are maps showing where to eat in major towns. Experts report on weird and wonderful occurrences--the eating of black food (coffee, burnt chicken, embalmed eggs) to ward off apocalypse; a vegetarian festival where mediums pierce their cheeks with spears and trombones; the North Easterners love of locusts, ants and beetles ("the eating of insects is so normal it's not even discussed").

"If you're interested in Thai food, you must eat on the street", writes Jerry Hopkins, author of Strange Foods. Unlike in other Asian countries, this is fairly safe in Thailand. Roadside vendors transform raw ingredients into delicious rice or noodle meals costing just 30 pence within seconds. However, many travellers miss out on the experience since the menus are in Thai script--which makes the English-Thai Culinary Dictionary included in World Food Thailand a stroke of genius. Equally, foodies could plan a whole theme holiday around this book, while those returning from Thailand can indulge their nostalgia and recreate authentic dishes from the included recipes.--Sarah Champion


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bestseller on Thai Food 13 Jun 2000
By A Customer
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I thought I was an expert on Thai food as I have been living in Thailand for 6 years. However, Joe's easy to read book taught me many a new thing. This is not your average cook book. It is really a cross between a travel guide and a recipe book with a sprinkling of cultural information. I would say that it is the definitive book on eating Thai food - whether that be in Thailand or abroad. Highly recommended for anyone who has visited Thailand and has fallen in love with the food or the armchair traveler who is eating Thai food at home.
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I thoroughly recommend this book as a starting point for understanding Thai food. It has only a handful of recipes (try the miang khum) but gives huge amounts of regional background in an authentic way, through the eyes of seasoned travellers. Makes me want to go back to Thailand tomorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bestseller on Thai Food 14 April 2000
By Richard Barrow - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was an expert on Thai food as I have been living in Thailand for 6 years. However, Joe's easy to read book taught me many a new thing. This is not your average cook book. It is really a cross between a travel guide and a recipe book with a sprinkling of cultural information. I would say that it is the definitive book on eating Thai food - whether that be in Thailand or abroad. Highly recommended for anyone who has visited Thailand and has fallen in love with the food or the armchair traveler who is eating Thai food at home.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than your average travel guide 20 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book not only gives you information about Thai food, but it also gives you a sense of what life and eating in Thailand is really like. It includes very little information about restaurants; the story here is FOOD. Part of Lonely Planet's new series on World Food
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Thai food lovers 24 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lonely Planet Guides are justly regarded as bibles by backpackers the world over. They are exhaustively researched and very reliable. I backpacked through Thailand last year and relied heavily on Joe Cummings brilliant LP guide for advice, inspiration and tips on what to eat. When I heard that Joe Cummings had written the LP World Food Guide to Thailand I knew it would be as meticulously researched and filled with the same infectious enthusiasm as his guide to the country itself. I was not disappointed. Though this is not the only Thai cookbook you will ever need - there are only twenty or so recipes - the book rightly sets Thai cuisine in its rich context, building the case that Thai food - real Thai food - is one of the world's most exciting cuisines. The story of Thai food - it's distinctive ingredients, the way it is eaten by Thais, the many regional variations, how to shop for Thai ingredients, street food, etc - is studded with relevant recipes made all the more appealing by what you have just learned. Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Cookbook 31 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking it was just a cookbook, and was surprised to find much more. Eating is an essential part of life in Thailand, and Joe Cummings gives deep insight into Thai culture -- specifically how "being Thai" comes out in the preparation and enjoyment of food.
If you're buying the LP guide to Thailand and are going there for the first time, also buy this book. You'll get a much more in depth description of the Thai way of life, as well manners & etiquette for a foreigner. And you'll want the recipes when you return!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, Learn, Eat, and Enjoy 29 Jan 2002
By K. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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You will enjoy & learn a lot from this book. One of the most pleasurable experiences I've ever had in Thailand is eating the food. There is such a wide variety food you can eat in Thailand. As you begin to fall in love with this cuisine, you will want to eat new and more varied dishes. Ordering can be challenging as you evolve into more advanced Thai foods. Yes, you can point and gesture, but if you want to more fully enjoy the culinary delights of real Thai food, you need to know what it's called, and say how you want it cooked or mixed to your spice preferences. There is a lot of important etiquette tips, that will help you if you're invited to eat in a home of a family in a village, or with associates in the city. The regional, colloquial, and relevant slang is included. This means, the author has been there and done it, having lived in Thailand for for the most of 25 years, along with superb homework & research. The photographer, Jerry Alexander helps the reader identify visually with some of the foods that are described. The dictionary at the end included many useful phrases in addition to the food vocabulary. One error though, is that the letter "G" in Thai is listed as a "K" which is only the case when it is a stop final, at the end of a word, or syllable cluster. Read, learn, eat, and enjoy.
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