on 5 February 2005
From the cover page, this book is beautifully illustrated, with wonderfully atmospheric images of life in Thailand, along with well arranged photos of many of the dishes and ingredients.
The recipes themselves are also nicely presented, clearly formatted, with the names of the dishes in both English and Thai.
The main recipes within the book itself are split into 5 sections, representing the 5 culinary districts covered in this edition. Examples include; from the Bangkok chapter Pad Thai Gung (Thai fried noodles with prawn). From the 'North' chapter; Grat Dook Moo Tod (Deep Fried Spare Ribs). And from the 'by the sea' chapter Yam Talay (Hot and Sour Seafood Salad).
The introduction too is fascinating, with insights into life in Thailand and how food fits into to it. It also contains a guide into ingredients, techniques and more, which may go into making even the most basic of the dishes. Additionally, the recipes for the many of the curry pastes which are the basis for many of the dishes in the book are also collated within the chapter.
All in all, Smashing!
on 19 May 2011
I bought this gift for my dad who lives in Canada. The level of communication from elite digital uk was great as I was worried that it may not arrive in time for his birthday or that it wouldn't arrive at all. I can't comment on the book itself, although my dad is quite chuffed with it and can't wait to start trying out recipes, however I can highly rate the company it was purchased from and look forward to dealings with them in the future.